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National Simultaneous Storytime 2022: NSS Information

About the Book

Family Tree shares the beauty of life through the growth of a tree, one that unites families and communities around the world, spreading joy, love and spirit—and it all starts with one seed.

Australian singer–songwriter and children’s author Josh Pyke delivers this deeply poignant and lyrical narrative that touches every fibre of our being. Representative of our uniquely multicultural and diverse Australia, Family Tree depicts a society evolving together in unity.

We all lay our foundations with a seed, and our roots go deep; we all grow, through good times and bad, ‘feast and famine, drought and storms’.

The time lapse of a growing gum tree, and a growing community, comes full circle with laughter, the touch of young hands and ‘new scars’ (carvings on the tree) that ‘hurt not one little bit’.

Ronojoy Ghosh’s cool, primary-coloured illustrations dance like a joyous breeze.

The textured, multi-layered landscapes and urban scenes are inclusive of contemporary world issues and different cultures, as well as being a nostalgic and stunning example of classic Australiana, featuring a beautiful gumnut motif throughout.

 Family Tree flourishes with love and the celebration of life, belonging, diversity and collective strength. This is a picture book for children from ages three and up to cherish as they grow. 

(from Books and Publishing website)

About the Author

Josh Pyke is a successful and much-loved Australian singer/songwriter, renowned for his unique and wonderful storytelling and lyricism.

Josh has created many bestselling albums, won four ARIA awards, and has also written several stories for children.

He is a lifelong ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

(from Scholastic)

Themes

  • Family
  • Life
  • Growth
  • Love
  • Change
  • Belonging 

About the Illustrator

Ronojoy Ghosh is an award-winning picture book creator.

His first children's picture book Ollie and the Wind was short-listed for the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards.

His books have been translated into German, Chinese, Spanish and Korean.

Ronojoy illustrated the bestselling picture book I'm Australian, Too by Mem Fox.

(from Better Reading website)