24 January 2010
60 Classic Australian Poems for Children
edited by Chris Cheng and Illustrated by Gregory Rogers
Random House. Australian, Junior, Young Readers. Hardback rrp $19.95
Guest Reviewer - Anastasia Gonis
Women of the bush are acknowledged in Women of the West and The Shearer’s Wife. People were also Waiting for the Rain back in 1936 when John Neilson wrote this poem which accompanies references to the swagman, to bullock teams, The Travelling Post Office, dingoes and pelicans; all immortalised in these moving portraits of Australian life in the early days.
There are Poet Biographies included at the end along with Book References, an Index of First Lines and an Index of Poets, plus a list of poems and a reference to each one regarding the date of its first publication, and the publication it was in. There is also information on the editor and the illustrator.