Stories Around the World – Australia

Name: Nicole DiBiasePOSSUM_crop

Institution: Huntington Public Library, Huntington, NY

Title of proposed program: STORIES AROUND THE WORLD: AUSTRALIA

Audience: Children and families

Start with: Bancroft, Bronwyn.  Possum & Wattle: My Big Book of Australian WordsSurrey Hills, N.S.W.: Little Hare, 2008.  ISBN: 9781921272585.

Show ART examples and explain that Aboriginal people do not have a written language but make use of many common symbols called iconography. They vary from region to region but are generally understood and form an important component of Aboriginal Art.  The symbols in the artwork tell a story.  Technique: paintings / images made using dots.

Books Read – Grades 1-3

  • French, Jackie. Diary of a Wombat. Illustrated by Bruce Whatley. New York: Clarion, 2003, 2002.
  • Roth, Susan. Biggest Frog in Australia – (felt board) New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1996.
  • Germein, Katrina. Big Rain Coming. Illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft.  New York: Clarion Books, 1999.
  • Shields, Carol Diggory. Wombat Walkabout.  Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. New York: Dutton Children’s Books, 2009.

Books Read – Grades 4-7

  • Maddern, Eric. Rainbow Bird: An Aboriginal Folktale from Northern Australia. Illustrated by Adrienne Kennaway. New York: Little, Brown, 1993.
  • Roth, Susan. The Biggest Frog in Australia. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1996.
  • Napoli, Donna Jo and Elena Furrow. Ready to Dream. Illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft. New York: Bloomsbury Children’s Books: Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, 2009.
  • Vaughan, Marcia. Snap. Illustrated by Sasha Hutchinson. New York: Scholastic, 1996.

Art Materials –

  • Animal Templates – Outline of Kangaroo or Turtle
  • Canvas
  • Paint
  • Q-tips
  • Plates for paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencils

Paint Kangaroo or Turtle using q-tips for dots or brushes including symbols to tell story.