Where is Galah?
Little Hare, 2015
hbk., 24pp., RRP $A24.95
Dingo is on the prowl. He can see Emu, Swan and Turtle and he can hear Crocodile, Frog and Kookaburra. But where is Galah? From sunrise to sunset, we track Dingo’s quest for Galah across the Australian landscape in a burst of colour and pattern and delight that is so uniquely Sally Morgan. Until Galah finally shows herself (although the children will have fun spotting what Dingo can’t) – but where is Dingo?
This is a superb book to share with our youngest readers as they use their eyes and their ears and join in with the sounds and the repetitive text. By tracking the movement of the sun and the colour of the sky as the day passes, the suspense builds up for surely Galah will be found before moonrise. And the twist in the ending is very satisfying.
Every page of this book brings new things to explore and marvel at and there are so many opportunities for the listeners to interact from creating sounds to making movements. If you go to this page and then click on the link to this title you will get teachers’ notes with lots more activities to do including getting students to write their own version substituting two new main characters and who they see and hear.
The visual impact of the book is stunning and there is much to investigate in the way that Morgan has, again, used colour and pattern to tell the story.
As well as our very young readers, this would also be a wonderful way to introduce new English language learners to our Australian wildlife.