Personal and Family Histories

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The Foundation curriculum provides a study of personal and family histories. Students learn about their own history and that of their family; this may include stories from different cultures and other parts of the world. As participants in their own history, students build on their knowledge and understanding of how the past is different from the present.
Sklansky, Amy, “My Daddy and Me”.
Scholastic/Cartwheel Books 2005.
Children from different backgrounds talk about their love for their fathers.
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That's my dad / by Ralph Steadman
London : Andersen Press ; Hawthorn, Vic. : Hutchinson of Australia, 1986.
A humorous look at Dad that will lead to some creative drawing. Breaks all preconceptions of what a Dad looks like!
That's My Dad
That's My Dad

Fang Fang's Chinese New Year / Sally Rippin
Norwood, S. Aust. : Omnibus Books, 1996.
Fang Fang invites Lisa to share her family celebrations and is surprised to see how much her friend enjoys the new experience.It is clear that the family traditions are being passed from older members of the family to the children.
Fang Fang's Chinese New Year (Fang Fang series)
Fang Fang's Chinese New Year (Fang Fang series)

Family forest / Kim Kane ; Lucia Masciullo
Prahran, Vic. : Hardie Grant Egmont, 2010.
Do you have half-sisters, big brothers, step-parents? The modern family comes in all shapes and sizes.
Family Forest
Family Forest

The family book / Todd Parr
Sydney, N.S.W. : ABC Books for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2006, c2003.
Describes the various experiences that make families different and similar.
The Family Book
The Family Book

Let's eat! / written by Ana Zamorano ; illustrated by Julie Vivas.
Norwood, S. Aust : Omnibus Books, 1996.
The story of a Spanish family consisting of three generations and their individual activities, which culiminate each day in sharing a meal at the table, and at the end of the week with the arrival of the new baby.
Let's Eat!
Let's Eat!

Happy birth day! / written by Robie H. Harris ; illustrated by Michael Emberley
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 1996
A mother describes to her child what the day of his birth was like.
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Titch / by Pat Hutchins
London : Bodley Head, 1972.
Shows the capabilities of younger and older siblings. But Titch, the youngest and smallest of three, wins out in the end! The concept is clear, though, that, as time moves on and children grow, their abilities also change and develop.
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Pigs and honey / written and illustrated by Jeanie Adams.
Sydney : Ashton Scholastic, [1993].
An Aboriginal family on a picnic, collecting wild food from the bush. This is a tradition carried on through the generations.
Pigs and Honey
Pigs and Honey

Tucker / Ian Abdulla
Norwood, S. Aust. : Omnibus Books, 1994.
Describes Ian’s Aboriginal family experiences at Swan Reach, Berri and Cobdogla in the 1950s and 1960s.
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As I grew older : the life and times of a Nunga growing up along the River Murray / Ian Abdulla
Norwood, S. Aust : Omnibus Books, 1993.
Describes Ian’s Aboriginal family experiences at Swan Reach, Berri and Cobdogla in the 1950s and 1960s.
As I Grew Older: The Life and Times of a Nunga Growing up along the River Murray: The Life and Times of a Nunga Growing up along the River Murray
As I Grew Older: The Life and Times of a Nunga Growing up along the River Murray: The Life and Times of a Nunga Growing up along the River Murray

Cultural celebrations & festivals in Australia / Rose Inserra.
South Yarra, Vic. : Macmillan Education Australia, c1999.
South Australia well represented.
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The shack that dad built / Elaine Russell Surry Hills, N.S.W. : Little Hare Books, 2004.
Describes the impoverished but happy, friendly life of an Aboriginal child growing up in a country town in New South Wales in a previous generation.
The Shack That Dad Built
The Shack That Dad Built

The wishing cupboard / Libby Hathorn ; [illustrated by] Elizabeth Stanley
South Melbourne, Vic. : Lothian Books, 2002.
Grandmother has a cupboard with lots of nooks and crannies and keepsakes from her Vietnamese family’s past. One contains secret wishes.
The Wishing Cupboard
The Wishing Cupboard

Ayu and the perfect moon / David Cox
London : Bodley Head, 1984.
Ayu in Bali learns the moon dance from her grandmother to perform at the moon festival. The story conveys the power of family traditions and natural cycles.
Ayu and the Perfect Moon
Ayu and the Perfect Moon

You'll wake the baby / Catherine Jinks ; illustrated by Andrew Mclean
Ringwood, Vic. : Viking, 2000.
It’s a wet day, so Andy and Annie have to play inside. But they’re making too much noise. Can they find a game that won’t wake the baby? This is a story about the needs and desires of younger and older family members.
You'LL Wake the Baby
You'LL Wake the Baby

Noisy Nora / story and pictures by Rosemary Wells
[London] : Fontana, 1978
Norah makes a lot of noise to get attention when there is a new baby.
Noisy Nora
Noisy Nora

Grandad's phase / by Archimede Fusillo & Terry Denton
South Melbourne, Vic. : Lothian Books, 2006.
Grandad decides not to grow old and takes up the bongo drums instead. The story makes a point about different expectations placed on elderly people; and their behaviour in different generations.
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Wibble wobble / Miriam Moss ; illustrated by Joanna Mockle
London : Orchard Books, 2002
William’s friends are all losing their baby teeth, but his just won’t come out.His growth and change are not keeping pace with the others.
Wibble Wobble
Wibble Wobble

Night noises / written by Mem Fox ; illustrated by Terry Denton
Camberwell, Vic. : Penguin, 2005.
Lily Laceby is given a surprise ninetieth birthday party. The story's warmth comes from the empathy between generations and the contrast between the different energies of young and old.
Night Noises
Night Noises

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge / written by Mem Fox ; illustrated by Julie Vivas.
Norwood, S. Aust. : Omnibus Books 1990
A small boy helps people in an old folks’ home to remember things. The link between the present and past activities is strengthened by the effect that memories of the past have on the happiness of the residents of the nursing home.
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Remember me / Margaret Wild and Dee Huxley
Sydney : Margaret Hamilton, 1990.
A grand daughter helps her grandmother whose memory is failing.
Remember ME
Remember ME

When I was little, like you / Mary Malbunka
Crows Nest, [N.S.W.] : Allen & Unwin, 2003
Aboriginal artist Mary Malbunka remembers her childhood at Papunya, west of Alice Springs, and all the things she did as a child, including eating vegetables in the garden.
When I Was Little, Like You
When I Was Little, Like You








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