Good Reading : February 2010
52 goodreading ı FEBRUARY 2010 Felicity Voigt, field coordinator, Frontier Services RAFS, Charleville, Qld. What are you reading? A Fortunate Life by A B Facey. Why that book? I read this Australian classic in high school. I was talking about how much the story moved me back then with a friend recently, which prompted me to pick it up again. What’s it about? It's the autobiography of a man who grew up through the 1900s. No matter what challenges he faced (and there were many) he remained humble and grateful in the face of so many hardships and losses. Are you enjoying it? Yes, I'm loving it. Last night I read about how he got lost in a stor m while helping to drove cattle in Wester n Australia. He was around 14 years old, cold, lonely and lost. I couldn't put it down until I knew he was safe. Would you recommend it? Yes, definitely. It gives a great insight to life in the bush. Jen Haig, field coordinator, Frontier Services RAFS, Longreach, Qld. What are you reading? Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. Why that book? It recently came out as a movie and I wanted to see if the book had the same storyline. It tur ns out there was a bit of creative variation in the film. What’s it about? Addiction -- to shopping! Rebecca, the main character, can't stay away from the shops. Ironically, she works for a financial magazine. Are you enjoying it? Overall, yes. There were those moments when I could see Rebecca getting into a bad situation and want to yell at her, but she never seemed to listen! Where did you obtain it? I borrowed it from a friend. I should probably return it one of these days. Would you recommend it? Yes, it's a nice light read. John from Perth was caught reading at Cable Beach Caravan Park. What are you reading? Where the Sea Takes Us by Kim Huynh. Why that book? It is an engrossing biography about the times and lives of two families in Vietnam from the 1950s. Where did you obtain it? Because we stay in Broome for several months each year, we have joined the Broome Library, so I bor rowed it. We have a close regular holiday group of six couples and we also exchange books within the group. Would you recommend this book to others? Most definitely. readers' life 1 caught reading From the Frontier Services’ Remote Area Families Service (RAFS) teams of Northern Queensland to holidaymakers in Broome, we catch readers in the act all over the country. Juanita from Victoria was caught reading at Cable Beach Caravan Park, WA. What are you reading? Tears of the Moon by Di Mor rissey. Why this book? Because of the name, and it covers some history of Broome, and the title reminded me of the Stairway to the Moon [Ed's note: the phenomenon in which the setting sun reflects on mudflats at Roebuck Bay in Broome is often called 'stairway to the moon']. As I got into the book I became involved into the character of an Indigenous woman. Would you recommend it to others? Yes ... definitely. Also I am reading the children's book I bought in Broome for my grandchildren. It is called The Dream by Rae Har ris. It is beautifully illustrated by Beryl Harp. Di Sherman, field coordinator, Frontier Services RAFS Mareeba, Qld. What are you reading? Wombat Stew written by Marcia K Vaughan and illustrated by Pamela Lofts. Why that book? It is a great Aussie bush children's story. The illustrations are vivid and animated and it holds the young ones' attention every time it is read. What’s it about? A clever dingo who catches a wombat for his supper -- the wombat's friends come to his rescue by attempting to outwit the dingo by encouraging him to add all kinds of bush tucker to the pot. Are you enjoying it? Always! I have been reading this book to children for over 20 years and I never tire of seeing how it captures young imaginations. Where did you obtain it? I bought a copy for our daughter when she was two years old (she is now 22). Would you recommend it? Absolutely! It is perfect for any family with young children. It addresses many areas of development, including language, problem solving, exploring the environment, imaginative play and social connections, just to name a few.
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