In the newly released Audrey goes to Town, Audrey's family go to the tiny outback town of Beltana, and Audrey enjoys making new friends and seeing amazing sights like houses with real glass in the windows! When Audrey's mum is suddenly taken to hospital, Audrey and her little brother are stranded with strict Mrs Paterson, who has some very particular ideas about "good" behaviour.
Can Audrey make friends with this lonely old lady who keeps her heart in a cage? Jemimah, for one, can't wait to find out. This is certainly a book we'll be buying when next 'Jemimah goes to Town'!
Written in a similar vein to Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking, the Audrey books are well written, lively, enjoyable and definitely 'Living'. To me they are modern Australian living books.
I sometimes wonder what Miss Mason would think of the books we consider Living today. Charlotte Mason was interested in using the best books. If a better book came along, she'd use it. What would she think of us using primarily books written a century (or more) ago?
Let us remember, of course, that most of the older books we read in AO are Classics. They've stood the test of time because they are beautifully written. They use rich vocabulary, more complex sentence structure, and contain more ideas per page than modern books. That's why they're still in print so many years later.Many recently written books, on the other hand, use watered down language, poor sentence structure and are not much more than pages and pages of twaddle.
So what about the Audrey books then? Well, they're written simply - Jemimah can read them, but they're not dumbed down. The grammar is correct and they're a lot of fun. The illustrations, by Ann James, are good, but don't replace the child's own imagination. They speak about our own Australian history and children will know more about our own country between the wars. Mostly, kids love them, and I think that's one of the most important reasons of all. Kids who are raised on a diet of good literature hate twaddle, and they don't hate Audrey - they think she's great!!
You can read the first chapter of Audrey goes to Town online here
You can also join The Audrey Club. Read all about Audrey on her own website:
You can even get teacher's notes, colouring pages, printable bookmarks and crossword puzzles here.
Oh yeah, I forgot to say, Audrey's homeschooled!!