Saturday, September 24, 2011

25th September Jim Murphy (1947)

American Jim Murphy is an author of many nonfiction books that deal with historical events. Many of these are based on American history so his books are not easily found in Australian libraries. Of the few books of his in my library, the most popular is Backyard Bear. This story is based on a real phenomena where black bears are wondering into towns looking for food because their natural habitat is diminishing. The children I have shared this book with are fascinated by it because bears are so foreign to their experience and they are alarmed by the fear the people in the houses are displaying. Another Truce tells the same story as the award-winning Australian book, In Flanders Fields by Norman Jorgenson, where the fighting stops on Christmas Day in the trenches during World War 1. The third, a nonfiction book about dinosaurs is embedded in a story format and only works really for its wonderful illustrations by Mark Alan Weatherby.

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