The Memory Shed
Omnibus Books, 2015
5-8yrs, Lower Primary, Primary
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Annie is helping Grandma clear out her old green shed for a garage sale prior to buying a shiny new shed. The dusty old things they unearth may be long forgotten, but they hold special family memories of times when Grandma was a little girl living in a bush camp during the Depression.
The layout of text, balanced with Craig Smith’s supportive illustrations on every page, have created an accessible and engaging story of Indigenous recent past, of family, and of connections built between people and then shared with future generations. At its heart, this story explores the cultural importance of maintaining memories through storytelling and artefacts. This title is the second in a series of chapter books based on Indigenous children, country and family.
Sally Morgan is a descendant from the Palku people of the Pilbara, and her co – author Ezekiel Kwaymullina is her son.
- Scholastic Australia Teacher Notes 'The Memory Shed" by Sally Morgan and Ezekiel Kwaymullina https://resource.scholastic.com.au/resourcefiles/Teacher_Notes/8352406_36940.pdf
- Australian Aboriginal people during the Great Depression of 1930s https://www.academia.edu/27915404/Aboriginal_and_white_Australians_in_the_Great_Depression
- The Atlantic December 2013. ' What kids learn from hearing family stories' https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/12/what-kids-learn-from-hearing-family-stories/282075/