Simone in Australia by A. Cheng

  • Virginia Pow


Cheng, Ardis. Simone in Australia.  Paper Bear, 2016.

Once in a while you find a book that your children will not stop asking you to read to them. Meet Simone in Australia.  

This delightfully illustrated book by Ardis Cheng, a local Calgarian author currently residing in Melbourne Australia - leaves nothing out. On each of the pages of Simone’s adventure with Jack, there is a new visual delight.  The story takes us through the different flora and fauna of the Australian region Jack calls home; we meet spiders in Jack's house, adventure down to the beach and enjoy the tiny fairy penguins.  The illustrations of animals of Australia including the kookaburra, echidna and wombat are a favorite page in our house.  

Simone, is a delightful young girl who is visiting her friend Jack. Throughout story Jack and Simone are given the challenge of explaining similarities and differences between Jack’s home and Simone’s.  The book does an amazing job of highlighting what travel is for.  To learn about new places and people.  Often in the story, Simone will mention what she used to and while Jack teaching her about his home.  This contrast is done very well, and makes sure to never state one is better -- just that they are different. Simone in Australia is also lovely way of explaining travel to children in a manner that allows them to understand how new and different can also be exciting, challenging and fun to share with a friend.  

This is a beautifully illustrated book that is great to read to children and children just starting to read themselves. It would be great addition to any personal or elementary school library.

Highly Recommended: 4 stars out of 4
Reviewer: Virginia Pow

Virginia is a Public Services Librarian at the Humanities and Social Science Library at the University of Alberta.  When not reading to children, she enjoys being outdoors, running and stand up paddle boarding.

How to Cite
Pow, V. (2017). Simone in Australia by A. Cheng. The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, 6(3).
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