That’s not a house! by Jacque Duffy is an early reader that talks of the devastation caused by Cyclone Larry in North Queensland in 2006. It speaks of the reality of the cyclone in a way that children can easily read and understand.
I loved this early reader not only as a reader but as a book to be shared with children in a 1:1 and group situation. Not only is it educational but it is thought provoking and opens the door to the discussion of cyclonic destruction, families, the different ways people live, climate and weather and the rebuilding your life after devastation. In one short story Jacque Duffy has covered all areas that include humans, animals and housing.
Both writing and illustrating a book is a tough task that is not only challenging but time consuming. Jacque Duffy has done a great job of blending her writing with her artistic talent. The pictures are simple pencil like drawings that compliment the words nicely. They are clear and precise with just enough detail to allow the early reader to use them as reading cues.
I enjoyed sharing this book with my 6 year old who, although not at the level of reading ability to read it alone, enjoyed it’s content. As a home educating mum it was a great opportunity to sit awhile and share knowledge and questions in the company of my child.
Find out more about Jacque Duffy at www.jacquesartandbooks.com