by Edel Wignell, illustrated by Elizabeth Botté
IP Kidz. Australian, History, Children, Picture. Hardcover RRP $26.00
Everyone knows (or should know) who wrote the words to Waltzing Matilda – Banjo Paterson. But who wrote the music?
Christina’s Matilda is the story of Christina Macpherson, a woman born to a wealthy family in Victoria in 1864. Her story is interesting, not only in relation to the famous song but her family were the last people to be held to ransom by Mad Dog Morgan.
This is a fascinating story where the use of historical photographs brings the story of the swagman to life. Australia has a wonderful and colourful history and Christina’s Matilda is a great book to read, to look at, and to learn from.
The Reading Stack reviewed Elizabeth Botté’s The Giggle Gum Tree in August 2009.