DEC Scan Journal : May 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 2 May 2011 70 contexts. The strength of the book lies in its detailed descriptions of contemporary literacy practices. There are many specific examples of multimodal literacy, a term that can be used to describe reading and writing in multimedia environments. New literacy practices to create new texts and new classroom dynamics are explored. These generate new ways of teaching. A large number of vignettes, explanations and photographs give practical examples of multimodal literacy in action. Samples display work that primary students produced as videos, podcasts, SMART Notebooks, claymations, cartoons, digital stories and storyboards. Walsh explores the potential of multimodal texts in responding to literature. She discusses the benefits of blogging and writing in wikis, describing the improved collaborative and partic- ipatory culture that these afford. In classroom examples, through- out the book, it is clear that teachers scaffolded the learning process through explicit teaching, hands on activities, and extended discussion. The writer proposes additional descriptors of language and literacy practices which incorporate the demands of multimodal contexts. She concludes that future challenges will include the design of effective assessments and marking guidelines for reading and writing multimodal texts. This book is an inspiring window into the use of multimodal literacy practices in primary classrooms and readers can gain a host of practical ideas. E. Chase USER LEVEL: Professional KLA: English SYLLABUS: English K--6 Paper $31.50 SCIS 1490473 ALLEN, Pamela Hetty's day out Penguin Group (Australia), 2010 (Viking) ISBN 9780670074471 One morning Hetty, a large grey cat, wakes up, squeezes through her cat door and sets off to visit all the people in her neighbour- hood. Everyone has something special for Hetty to snack on, in increasing quantities. None of which Hetty can refuse. When Hetty tries to get back to her cushion for a nap she realises, in a most unusual way, just how much she has eaten. Pamela Allen has used wonderfully descriptive language with words such as amble, trot, trudge, totter and wobble. The first half of the story includes repeti- tive text and predictable counting, leading to a humorous solution to Hetty's dilemma. Colourful and clearly defined illustrations set against a white background help to highlight the counting aspect of the picture book. S. Morton USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Stage 1 $24.95 SCIS 1478914 BAKER-SMITH, Grahame FArTHER Templar, UK, 2010 ISBN 9781848771260 An exquisite picture book, this tells of a boy who is enthralled by his father's dream to fly. When his father is required to enlist and then does not return from the war, the boy inherits the dream. Adapting his father's inventions, the son creates an amazing flying machine and gives substance to his father's dream. A tale about dreams, ambitions, and the spirit that is passed from one genera- tion to the next, this beautiful visual story is carried by full page, double page, or sequential panel pictures. The highly accom- plished illustrations have been developed through a method of digital photographic collage, and gently convey a father's hopes and dreams. It is a captivating publication for young and old. C. Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 $29.95 SCIS 1473241 BALL, Murray The mouse that squeaked Scholastic, NZ, 2010 ISBN 9781869439613 Bullying and heroism are predominant themes in the humorous, sometimes scary, action packed picture book, written by the famous author of Footrot Flats. Barry is a mouse who is suffering from low self esteem because his pottery always breaks on the wheel. His other problem is a bully, a rat named Razour. Barry's attraction to Titanya results in escalating conflict with this huge rat. Conquering his fear and using his intuition, Barry plucks up enough courage to rescue Titanya when Razour kidnaps her. Murray Ball's dramatic watercolour, pencil and ink illustrations augment the plot. This resource is an excellent introduction to the graphic novel format. Modelling how to read the variety of pictorial elements and words, in speech bubbles and captions, will enable students to construct meaning. Cathy Sly's article, Going graphic: reading in the gutters, in Scan 29(4), available at <www.curriculum- support.education.nsw.gov.au/schoollibraries/>, is a comprehen- sive, practical resource for teachers interested in exploring the use of graphic novels in teaching and learning. J. Saxby USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Paper $15.99 SCIS 1450874 BARNES, Kim L. & JOYNER, Andrew The farmer's hat Omnibus, SA, 2010 ISBN 9781862918351 Engagement with this picture book starts at the very beginning when the farmer's hat leaves his head. Use of onomatopoeia, and descriptive and rhyming words entertain and add a playful element to the tale of searching for the farmer's hat. How he feels about the hat and the things he has used it for are central to the evolving, cumulative plot. Throughout, the farmer interacts with an array of anthropomorphised, domestic and native animal characters, depicted in a simple yet expressive cartoon style, which enhances the telling and adds amusing interest to a tale set against a backdrop of rural vistas and farm life. Young children will enjoy both listening to and looking at this rollicking story. N. Chaffey USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Stage 1 Paper $13.99 SCIS 1474174 Some books in this section are nonfiction or have relevance to a particular KLA. Picture books Picture books are arranged alphabetically by author.