The Aussie Kids series of books is superb and this is another great addition. On this occasion readers find themselves heading to Tasmania where Sienna will be swapping her city life for a country life when she visits her cousin Doooley on his farm located near Dooley’s Hill in Tasmania.
Cousin Sienna is coming to stay at Dooley’s farm but she has a rather sensitive nose and isn’t too keen on all of the farmyard smells, the animals and the mud. Dooley is excited to do lots of country things with Sienna - swim in the creek, eat wild berries, look after the animals and have a sleep-out in the barn. Life is about to be very different for Sienna, but as Dooley says, “It would be boring if everywhere was the same.”
A lovely story that explores all of the fun that can be had on the farm and the different experiences of two children who live very different lives - the boy from the country spending time on his farm with the girl from the city. There is lots to see and do on Dooley’s farm and despite Sienna’s initial doubts she eventually finds her farm-feet and embraces her new environment. Sienna is clearly very much used to the city lifestyle. Coming from Sydney she is much more used to being clean rather than dirty and her ears are much more used to the sounds of traffic as opposed to noisy farmyard animals.
I really like the references to places in Tasmania - the Mersey River, Dooley’s Hill, Pardoe Airport. It had me looking on google to learn a bit more about each of them. At the end of the read there are some fun facts about dairy cattle, goats and border collies.
The story is easily accessible for emerging readers who are new to the world of chapter books. The story itself is forty-nine pages long, the font is large and nicely spaced out and there are plenty of illustrations in shades of green throughout.
Recommended for 6+.