A is for Aunty: , by Elaine Russell, a Trade paperback from ABC Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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The book ‘A is for Aunty’ was inspired by Elaine Russell’s childhood memories of living on the mission at Murrin Bridge. The book uses the letters of the Alphabet to sequence the day-to-day events of the author, for example “C is for Canoes” describes the activity of making their own canoes out of scrap tin. The book is useful when addressing the syllabus indicator of ‘Events shared with class members and with families’ as it offers an Aboriginal perspective and an insight into the daily events of someone who belongs to the Aboriginal culture, and follows Aboriginal traditions. It demonstrates to children the differences yet the similarities between their childhood events and the childhood events of others.
When assessing the book using the ‘Selection criteria for the evaluation of Aboriginal texts’ it appears to be authentic, accurate, appropriate (as it was created by a person of Aboriginal heritage), and does not appear to include content of a secret or sacred nature. Moreover, this source is even more useful as not only does it effectively address this particular HSIE indicator, it has both literacy (alphabet) and numeracy (day sequencing) links, and therefore can be used to address the outcomes and indicators of another syllabus.
This link specifically demonstrates how the source ‘A is for Aunty’ can be used to approach certain numeracy outcomes for early stage 1 (learning sequence 2). As an example, the concept of ‘Day’ and ‘Night’ can be explored using the book, while addressing an outcome of the Mathematics syllabus that requires early stage 1 students to use concrete materials to support their conclusions (ES1.4).
Board of Studies (2013).