|Front and back covers|
|The front endpapers|
|The half title page|
We are told and shown how different they are:
There was no stopping the rabbits, they spread across the country. There was fighting, "but there were too many rabbits"
The atrocities continue: "They ate our grass. They chopped down our trees and scared away our friends... "
"The land is bare and brown and the wind blows empty across the plains. Where is the rich dark earth brown and moist? Where is the smell of rain dripping from the trees? Where are the lakes, alive with long legged birds?"
A final verso page shows a small cameo illustration against a black background. Two solitary creatures, a rabbit and an aboriginal.
When I first saw this picturebook I got goose bumps, and every time I look at it I get that goose bumpy feeling. It's quite something. A simple verbal text alongside such complex visual images, makes for much interpretation. There are many issues here and therefore lots of opportunities for talk and discussion. If you are teaching English through history, could this picturebook be of use? If your programme includes such topics as multiculturalism, could it be of use? Or, if you happen to have a group of interested teenagers, keen to talk and discuss, keen to put the world to rights, could this book be of use? I'd say 'yes' on all three occasions.