Matilda is very excited to be going to a festival at the Japanese embassy. There will be lots of stalls, different performers and delicious foods to eat. And best of all, her friend Hansuke will be there. But Hansuke is leaving soon and is heading back to Tokyo and despite all the fun that is to be had at the festival Matilda knows that it will soon be time to say goodbye…
Another delightful read in the Aussie Kids series. This time readers are taken to the ACT and specifically, Canberra. Readers are given an insight into life in Canberra as references are made to the bushland, the weather, the seasons, the many embassies and the hot-air-balloon rides. Some notable landmarks get a mention too, including Lake Burley Griffin, the science museum and the carillon.
The story itself is very sweet and has a delightful ending. It is all about friendship and is proof that goodbyes do not have to be forever. It is always refreshing to read a story featuring characters from diverse backgrounds and that are BAME, and this book definitely hits that mark.
At the end of the read there are some fascinating facts about Canberra including it’s nickname and you’ll find out how many clocks there are in Parliament House (you would not want to be the person in charge of checking that they are all telling the correct time)!
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 purple throughout.
Recommended for 6+.