Review: I’m Australian Too by Mem Fox

34396859I’m Australian! How about you? Many people from many places have come across the seas, to make Australia their home. How Australian is that?

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by Scholastic Australia.

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Mem Fox my dear, I didn’t think it was possible to love you anymore than I did after Possum Magic and Time for Bed, but now I do!

I was so excited when I saw this beautiful book by Mem Fox and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh. It celebrates Australia’s multiculturalism, promotes racial equality and shines a spotlight on refugees. All this is wrapped up as a fun and colourful sing-song story to be adored and absorbed by the minds of our young children. Mem Fox you are a wonderful, wonderful woman. I will be repeatedly reading this to my boys.

I’m writing this review after just reading I’m Australian Too for the first time with my 3.5-year-old son. He was fresh out of the bath and about to get into bed, perfect mummy and son book reading time.

This book is absolutely beautiful.  On our first read through when I got to the page that starts with “Sadly, I’m a refugee – I’m not Australian yet.” My spine tingled and a wicked smile crept on my face. I was thinking: You go Mem Fox! Stick it to the haters.

By the end of the second read through I had tears in my eyes and was getting choked up trying to finish the last page. My heart is humming and I need to tell the world about this book. READ IT TO YOUR KIDS. Refugees are mentioned. Aboriginals, Italians, Greeks, Somalians – the list goes on and on – are mentioned. It is truly beautiful.

The last page ends with the line “Together now, we live in peace, beneath the Southern Star.” Oh Mem, how I wish that was so and I hope for a tomorrow when it is!I’m Australian! How about you?

Bookish Babble Y15.W8

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Bookish Problems Edition:bookish-problem-4-owning-piles-of-unread-books-you-cant-get-rid-of-because-you-know-youll-read-them-eventually-dc7b8(Me talking to my books) One day my friends I will get to read you all.IMG_0552ALL THE TIME! Oh so pretty.IMG_0686

This is me trying to find a comfortable position to read in after already reading for hours!

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This is me, it drives my husband nuts. I was doing it last night with the 2005 Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice adaptation we were watching – well I was watching. Shane was grumpliy sitting there asking how much long it had to go lol.

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CLIFFHANGERS!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHH.

Until Next Time 🙂 Enjoy Your Shelves 🙂

Two Year Blogiversary / My Life In Books TAG

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As of today I’ve been blogging on The Adventures of SacaKat for two years and it seemed fitting that today I part take in the My Life in Books TAG today.

I came across this TAG thanks to >> Stephanie’s Book Reviews <<

Click on the covers to link to their Goodreads pages 🙂

 

Find A Book For Each Of Your Initials:2569752925834374

Count Your Age Along Your Book Shelf: What Book Is It? 288624318Damn is there a deeper meaning here. This cracked me up, so I took a few fun photos.OfLoveCollage

Pick a book that represents a destination you would like to travel to?19501

After reading this book I had a strong desire to go to an ashram in India and lose/find myself, but I had a baby and found book blogging instead, which worked lol. One day once Riley is an adult, it’s still something i’d still like to do. As a child I always dreamed of going to live in Italy. I intend on visiting there one day, after I’ve seen all that Australia has to offer.

Pick A Book That Is Your Favourite Colour:A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)

All the pretty colors. I want them all. The whole spectrum of pinks and purples.

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But if you’d asked me as a little kid I would have yelled GREEN like the leaves on the trees, then as a turd (oops I mean teenager) I would have said Torques and Aqua.

I like all the colors, don’t make me choose. lots of color everywhere.

Which book do you have the fondest memory of? 17347383

The warm and fuzzy feeling of hope that Harry would finally have a home! R.I.P. Padfoot. (I struggled to decided between this and Anne of green gables. But I’ve never gotten over Mathew Cuthbert dying, so Harry and Sirius uniting won.)

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading? 17319691“A darkly funny novel of romantic love and cultural warfare from one of Australia’s most admired Indigenous voices” – I expected to love this book. I expected to connect with it, but I didn’t. I gave up. I intend to go back and try to read it from the start again in a few years.

Which book in your TBR pile will you give you the biggest sense of achievement?

199009It’s 700+ pages people “Here is a treasure-house of over seven centuries of English poetry, chosen and introduced by Christopher Ricks. The Oxford Book of English Verse, created in 1900 by Arthur Quiller-Couch and selected anew in 1972 by Helen Gardner, has established itself as the foremost anthology of English poetry.” AHHHHHH.

If you’re reading this and think you want to give it a go, TAG YOUR IT!

Bookish Babble Y15.W6

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There almost wasn’t a bookish babble today, with all the drama I’m having with my computer (I’m typing this on my tablet) but here it is >> Bookish Babble: Author Quote Edition.

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Although it should be called Book Shelf Babble today:babble3IMG_0564IMG_0569

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This is so cute. I’d want a slightly wider version so my son, Riley and I could still fit on it together as he gets older. I’d have the fabric in a patterned blue or green and put it in his room with all his books in it for story time :-). Riley has shelves for his books, some in his bedroom and some in the lounge room. I think this would be an attractive and useful way to put them all together. Maybe it can be a project for Riley and his Granddad once Riley is a little older (and Granddad has retired) HINT HINT :-P.

This is really awesome. especially for smaller spaces

A Tardis bookshelf, like seriously who wants to build me one! HINT HINT. My thirtieth birthday is in sixteen months HINT HINT 🙂 :-).

My soul needs some version of this in the lounge room. The whole idea of a Tardis as a bookshelf is the most perfect marriage of two awesome things ever. Just think about what the Tardis is, as in all the infinite adventures it takes the doctor on – perfect place to store books that can take you on infinite adventures!!!!

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This is the current book shelf space I have for myself – I have three shelves and my husband Shane has two. If it’s on my shelf I either loved it or haven’t read it yet, everything else gets passed on. Please ignore our sad looking DVD shelf on the right, which are stacked two deep and a total mess.

What’s your dream bookshelf/ home library look like?  Hell, what’s your current bookshelf situation look like? I’d love to see, book shelf envy anyone! Tweet me a photo @SarahSacaKat if you feel like showing off :-).

Until next time 🙂 Enjoy your shelves :-).

Bookish Babble Y15.W3

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I actually do this on my weekend to do list 🙂 Makes me feel like I at least accomplish something.

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I LOOOOOVE this one!!! I cherish every bookish life I’ve had.

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Until next time 🙂 Enjoy your shelves :-).

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Today I’m feeling Cushion Crazy.

If you CLICK on the images they will link you to where I found them.

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I want some gigantic versions of the top one scattered on my floor as seats. I’ll have to try, I say try as my sewing skills are a little lacking, and sew myself some. The website for the library book version has a tutorial and everything! Who wouldn’t want gigantic book cushions strewn all over their lounge room!! Well my husband for one, but he’ll get the hell over it and my son would love it as much as me.

Full set: 1 bookish pillow case + 1 bookish fridge magnet + 1 bookish pinback button | book lovers gift quote so much reading for bookworms

YES!!!! Damn my body needing sleep. So many wasted hours!

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I NEED this!

Alice in wonderland pillow We re all mad here cream brown beige green blue Throw cushion cover case sham UK One 18 x 18 inch handmade

Damn now I’m debating which one I like more!

OH MY YES!!!!!!!

And my heart just exploded. The only cushion in the world that could be better than this cushion would be a Dobby version in the same style!

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I’d want mine to say “The Adventures of SacaKat by Sarah Fairbairn” what would you want your’s to say?

Until next time 🙂 Enjoy your shelves 🙂 and your cushions.

The Cattle King by Ion L. Idriess

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The Cattle King by Ion L. Idriess. First published in 1936 (my edition re-published 2013).

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At the age of 13 Sidney Kidman ran away from home with only five shillings in his pocket. He went on to become a horse dealer, drover, cattle buyer and bush jockey and he also ran a coach business. Above all, Kidman created a mighty cattle empire of more than a hundred stations, fighting droughts, bushfires, floods and plagues of vermin to do so. His enterprise and courage won him a huge fortune and made him a legend.

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I purchased this paperback on the 4th July at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame at Longreach.

When we entered the museum we watched a documentary and Sir Sid Kidman was mentioned. I thought “wow he sounds like an interesting fella”. So when we got to the gift/sourvenieer shop and there was a book about him, I just had to buy it.

Once we got back to our camp that afternoon I immediately started reading it. The first few pages gives us a brief history of Angus and Robertson, then a brief history on the author, followed by the author’s note. I was buzzing by this point as I’d already found these first pages fascinating and I hadn’t even started to really read about Sir. Sid Kidman yet.

Kidman’s life was truly amazing. I read this while we were travelling through some of the places mentioned in the book, so that added an extra special kick to my experience. The Silver City aka Broken Hill was mentioned quite a lot and it gave me the extreme urge to go there, but alas it didn’t work out with the rest of our camping trip.

Some times when I read a YA dystopian or fantasy novel I get a bit “Oh yeah right, as if a 16 year old could do that”. But the thought struck me while reading this book, that if thirteen year old Kidman could do the things he did, than they probably aren’t that far-fetched. Go back 100 years or more and you were a child, than an adult – None of this teenager crap. You had a job at thirteen and where out working with the men. At Thirteen Sid had saved up a years’ worth of earrings and ran away from home.

Sid, a thirteen year old, in unfamiliar bush saved himself and a fellow drover from dehydration and starvation. He had a kind heart and a brilliant mind. The man was a genius. His brain was a sponge. He traveled all over the place listening to and learning from anyone who would talk to him, from anyone who would show him. At a time when Whiteman feared and hared the Blackman, Sid was leaning all they were willing to teach him about the land. Thirteen year old Sid was able to do things that a thirteen year old today couldn’t even contemplate.

So yes, Kidman’s life was fascinating. The book was a bit dry at times, a bit like a high school history textbook and I felt like I was going to choke on all the statistics. But still Kidman shined.

Kidman grew to own more Australian land then the British Empire at one point. He was growing his empire while the Kelly boys were raising hell. He put an enormous amount of his own resources into Australia’s WW2 efforts. The man was a true blue Australian legend and sadly one I don’t remember ever hearing about in school. I think his story is inspiring – Someone today’s little spoilt teenagers should aspire to be like.

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Purchase Links:

Amazon | B&N | Amazon AU | A&R (paperback)

Author’s Links

Tribute Website | Wikipedia | Goodreads

During his life time Idriess wrote a large number of Aussie themed books and I intend to somehow get my hands on a few of them.

I’M BACK (Holiday book haul)

So after 38 days away I’m back home. I’ve still got some more time off of work and am planing to do some work on the house, do up some sort of post/s about our Aussie Outback and Cape York 4WD family trip, as well as write reviews for the books I read while I was away.

I took a fair few books with me; 5 paper backs and my entire eBook collection – I managed to read 9. I hadn’t intended to buy any books while I was away, but I should have known better!! I’ve said it over and over in the last twelve months “I’m not buying any more books until I read the ones I have” HA! Yeah right I haven’t figured out how to manage that yet, they are always calling out for me to buy them. Damn needy things they are always crying out to be in my arms and once I’ve picked them up off of the shelf I’m a goner, I have to take them home.

ANYWAY so this is what I picked when I was trying not to:20150808_164131

Oops!! Two second hands and the rest brand new. But hey, I refrained from buying any eBooks 😛 and my eBook collection WAY out weights my paper backs. Yeah, that totally makes it ok.

The Cattle King and Meet Banjo Paterson were purchased from The Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach – There is a story behind the Cattle King purchase but I’ll leave it for the review which I’ll post up soon.

The second hand Agatha Christie was picked up out of a book bin with a donation to the Royal Flying Doctor service at Adels Grove in Lawn Hill National Park. Reilly’s Ice Station was picked up at a book swap at the Lion’s Den Hotel, Rossville.

The Song of Achilles was purchased in Coffs Harbour, while I was looking for a present for my mum – Oops!

Crystal Kingdom, Percy Jackson and Pieces of Sky were picked up yesterday in Hamilton for National Bookshop Day – and yes I’m counting them in my holiday book haul as I’m still technically on holidays.

I’ll leave you now with funny cartoon while I try and write reviews on books I read at the start of July – oh dear.

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