Book review: Mamie by Tania McCartney
Where do I start with this beautiful illustrated story about the childhood of Australia’s sweetheart, May Gibbs (aka Mamie)!
Tania McCartney has brought the little girl ‘Mamie’ to life in this book filled with references to May Gibbs’ original stories and illustrations.
I highly recommend this book for homes and schools that want to encourage a creative culture for two main reasons. Firstly, this book gives children access to the history of an iconic Australian artist and author, which is great for English, history and Art subjects, in a way that children will enjoy. Secondly, the book describes Gibbs’ inspirational creative way of seeing the world. She spends plenty of time playing in nature, using her imagination and practicing her artistic skills. We get to see Mamie sing, draw, paint, dance, play, bake, sew, explore, observe, imagine and dream. These words and images will make the creative types feel like they’ve made a new, kindred friend.
An adorable, whimsy tale of an inspirational Australian child.
To extend the learning from this book you could:
- Read a May Gibbs book and discuss the similarities and references in Mamie.
- Explore the other wonderful Australian works by Tania McCartney.
- Find some gum blossoms and leaves to paint or draw. Perhaps you could turn some of your illustrations into characters.
- Visit the original home of Mamie, May Gibbs’ Nutcote.
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