Showing posts with label Pamela Freeman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pamela Freeman. Show all posts

Thursday, 16 August 2018

The Fastest Ship in Space


Today’s illustration is by Yvonne Low from a book she illustrated, The Fastest Ship in Space by Pamela Freeman (Second Look Publishing, an imprint of Christmas Press, 2018).


Thursday, 9 August 2018

The Fastest Ship In Space


The Fastest Ship In Space by Pamela Freeman and illustrations by Yvonne Low (Second Look) PB RRP $15.99 ISBN 978-0-994528063

Reviewed by Stacey Gladman

What young boy or girl doesn't dream about what it would be like to live in space? Well with Pamela Freeman's The Fastest Ship In Space, imagination is only a turn of a page away, and what an adventure it is!

The Fastest Ship in Space is a space adventure for young readers which follows brother and sister duo - Katie and Sam -- who live on a space station. A chance encounter with a meteorite sees part of their ship damaged which requires a docking at Space Station for repairs.

The pair's gran, who also lives with them aboard the space ship, thinks the accident was too close for comfort and wants to return to live with her daughter on Earth: the family drama begins when she also suggests Katie and Sam may be safer with her.

Gran decides to make a break for earth unbeknown to Katie and Sam's parents while at home station. Unfortunately for them, they find themselves aboard a ship destined for earth with smugglers, thanks to Gran's connections.

Will they make it safely to earth, and will they want to return to space again? Young readers will have fun figuring out the answers to these questions. The Fastest Ship in Space is a fun and adventure-filled story, with space pirates, smugglers and spaceships.

Boys and girls alike will enjoy this story, which is fast-paced and action-packed. The images throughout the book add to the story, helping to break up chapters and getting readers involved in the story.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Desert Lake: the Story of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre

Desert Lake: the Story of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre by Pamela Freeman, illustrated by Liz Anelli (Walker Books)
HC RRP $ 24.99
ISBN 9781921529436

Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

This beautifully illustrated book begins with its eye-catching cover - front and back. It’s another book from the award winning Nature Storybook series. 

Colours immediately draw us to the red earth of the dry desert of central Australia. The end pages depict the fossils and waiting plants and insects hidden deep beneath the lake’s surface. The title pages are the colour of the desert sky; a singular blue owned by the area. Without boundaries, it floats above the salt white cover of Lake Eyre. Countless birds are imprinted on the background, all travelling in the same direction.

The layout is presented in double spreads. Full page illustrations, carry the narrative story in large text at the top, and the facts in smaller text at the bottom; two stories in one. Mixed media is used to create the illustrations.

Lake Eyre is the largest salt lake in Australia, situated in northern South Australia. Life sleeps beneath its salt crust. It waits for the rain.

The torrent comes from the north, flooding the riverbeds.

Everything awakens and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre fills with pulsing life.  Birds of all kinds set out, and prepare to nest at the Lake. Animals come to drink. Flowers blaze as colour floods the area.

When the rain is gone, the river starts to dry up again. Frogs and shrimps bury their eggs deep in the soft lake floor. The birds leave. The sun returns the lake to its dry state until the next rain falls.

Stunning in every way, this book is breathtaking in its beauty and highlights Lake Eyre before and after the rains. Text and illustrations are perfectly blended.  A visual feast, this book is a collector’s delight. It will also be snatched up by tourists. Libraries and schools will want it as part of their collections for use as a valuable reference and teaching tool.


Friday, 8 August 2014

Mary’s Australia - How Mary MacKillop Changed Australia

Our Stories: Mary’s Australia - How Mary MacKillop Changed Australia by Pamela Freeman (Walker Books)
PB RRP $17.95
ISBN 9781922077905
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

Our Stories, the wonderful series published through black dog books, presents the life of Mary Mackillop beginning from the time she was seven years old, until 1909 when she died. It is juxtaposed with the history of Melbourne’s settlement; its progression, growth through population expansion, social and economic change, and the effect of white settlement on the Indigenous people.

Learning about Mary’s life, her strength, determination and her unshakable faith, is inspiring. She worked very hard as a child to support her family when for years her father was unable to get work. As a young woman, all she wanted was to join the order of nuns in Penola, but took up the option to ‘bring education to the far-flung towns of the Australian bush.’ It would take years for her to fulfil her dream of becoming a nun.

Mary Mackillop became the founder and head of the order of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, the first religious institute to be founded by an Australian.


This 32 page book rich in Australian history and culture, is a superb resource for educational and reference purposes. Its images from the SLV, the wonderful  presentation, illustrations in pen and ink, and colour fitted beautifully into the text, present an expansive history of our country from the goldfields to Federation and beyond. It includes a Glossary and Index of word definitions and references at the end.  

Friday, 5 April 2013

Princess Betony and the Thunder Egg


Princess Betony and the Thunder Egg by Pamela Freeman, illustrated by Tasmin Ainslie (Walker Books)
HB Mini RRP $17.95
ISBN 9781921720246
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

Lady Pineal has been teaching Princess Betony to curtsey in order to welcome the guests at the door at her parents’ tenth wedding anniversary. But the lessons are failing.

An eagle with a wren under its wing arrives with greetings and a precious gift from the Wild Magic for the royal anniversary. But the gift, a thunder egg, must be collected by Betony. She must travel to Teapot Mountain and get the thunder egg from a fierce dragon known as the Oldest Under the Mountain.

The palace is outraged at the suggestion, but the queen permits her to go, for Betony has passed the test in the Dark forest of Nevermore and is now protected by the Wild Magic. Betony’s challenge is a test of trust between the forest and the humans, for both long for peace to reign between them.

Betony sets out on her quest unafraid. She must walk through the forest infested by giant spider webs hanging from trees, overcome her fear of the rock creatures and find a way to retrieve the thunder egg from the Stone Cruncher who has stolen it from the dragon. Betony’s courage is tested and time is against her. Will she collect the egg and return in time for the anniversary celebrations? And are they prepared for what will hatch from the thunder egg?

This delightful story is presented in gift book size, ideal for young girls’ handbags or purses, and for travelling. With illustrations created in pencil and watercolour paint, its beautiful dust jacket has Princess Betony holding the huge thunder egg with the wren perched on top.

This is the second Princess Betony book. Princess Betony and the Rule of Wishing and Princess Betony and the Hobgoblin are on the way.