Monday 27 January 2020

Arriving Home

Arriving Home by Marg Gibbs, Mapleton Art (LesterLyons Publishing) HB RRP $14.00 ISBN 9780648273509

Reviewed by Karen Hendriks

This new picture book Arriving Home by Marg Gibbs promotes the tourist towns of The Sunshine Hinterland and showcases nine local artists, called Mapleton Art who each contributed to the illustrations of this children’s picture book.

Arriving Home follows Magpie, Goose and Eric Echidna as they return home from Italy to Mappleton and decide to discover happy memories where they live. As the characters create memories the story takes young readers to sites around the Sunshine Hinterland such as old tractors to sweet, syrupy pancakes, waddling ducks. This book celebrates friendships, community, home and belonging. It also gives a snapshot into Australia culture and animals.

What is also appealing about this book is the final page that provides detailed information about the sites and featured Australian animals. This information draws the reader into learning facts without preaching.

Arriving Home captures the wonders of The Sunshine Coast Hinterland and takes the young reader on a journey proving that our own backyard is as special as anywhere else in the world.

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