Rules of Summer, Hardback
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 48 pages, 4-colour
  • Publisher: Hachette Australia
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  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780734410672



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Brilliant, this SPB (Sophisticated Picture Book) through the use of pictures gives us interpretations of unspoken rules. The pictures are interpretative by your current schema, reminding us of what the causes or consequences might be when we break the rules, thus reminding us not to break the rules when we don't understand them. The very first picture is a silhouette of two boys, one older and the other younger, i take this to mean that we learn vicariously from other others, our elders, so therefore we need to be role models and act how we want others to act. One rule depicted in the book is "Never eat the last olive at a party" and the picture shows the elder brother pulling the younger away from the plate while an audience of vultures look on scornfully. While there is no rule at functions about eating the last piece of food on a plate we are well aware that it is not the done thing because we are not to appear as gluttons and we are to put others and their needs before our own. Funnily enough when attending functions you will always see people doing this. This book is full of pictures and unspoken rules, some not so easy to define while others are as clear as day. Towards the end the pictures depict the tension felt by the elder brother as he constantly has to keep the younger on the right track and on the right side of the rules. This building up of tension is shown through use of a the rule ' Never ask for a reason" and sees the elder trying to control the anger of the younger leading onto the next page where the younger is tethered to a leash and the older accepts a crown from a crow 'Never lose a fight' meaning don't give up, fight the good fight. The black crows get thicker and thicker on each page showing it will get worse before it gets better ending with the older boy extending his hand and hauling the younger one up a ladder. A great book to share with students who enjoyed discussing these rules and their validity. Each time you revisit the pictures the ideas build - FANTASTIC

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