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Illustrator: Debbie Taylor-Worley
Author: Vicki Bennett
A young Aboriginal boy's dream of shearing sheep turns into reality. Then war breaks out in Europe. Despite initially not being able to enlist, he and his two best friends eventually sign up and their lives are changed forever.
This is author Vicki Bennett's fifth picture storybooks that introduce young children to the themes of WWI and WWII. Vicki's connection with WWI began as a little girl when her grandfather, William McCauley, told her about a friendship forged between him and an Indigenous solider who fought alongside him in the trenches at the Somme. When Des Crump first told Vicki about his Uncle Charlie, Vicki hoped that Charlie and William may have met somewhere on those battlefields of France.
Illustrator Debbie Taylor-Worley is a Gamilaraay woman, currently residing on Bundjalung country. She has worked as an artist, illustrator, and educator, participating in numerous group and solo shows, facilitating workshops and creating public and community artworks. With a multidisciplinary practice, Taylor-Worley is known most widely for her clay and textile work. Preferencing natural and foraged materials that are connected to country and working within the landscape and directly on the ground, her work draws on ancestral and intuitive guidance, creating narratives that bridge bi-cultural divides. The themes of her work confront, recontextualise and decolonise colonial histories. "Charlie's War" is the fifth children's book Taylor-Worley has illustrated.
Papua New Guinea nurse Maiogaru Taulebona hid a wounded Australian airman in a cave, deep in the jungle near Milne Bay in World War 2. With two words, I promise, she was bound to the task of saving his life.
Hiding him in a canoe under a pile of vegetables, Maiogaru paddled him through Japanese occupied waters to safety. Her bravery was recognised when she was awarded the Royal Australia Air Force Loyalty Medal.
There are 100 Keys to Love in this exciting book for those seeking to find true love, who want to write their own story for an authentic relationship. The keys in each chapter are concise and clear messages to create positive, happy, and healthy relationships. Each key offers tools and skills for the future, giving direction and guidance on the journey of love, and shares insights to unlock true love and joy. If you want to take control of finding love and building relationships based on self-worth, this is the book for you.
After the return of her wounded father from WW1, a little girl had a dream to become a nurse. Marie Craig trained at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney and graduated in 1942. She joined the RAAF nursing service in 1943 and in early 1944, 15 nurses from the Royal Australian Air Force nursing service were handpicked for the 2nd unit of flying sisters who made up the No 2 MAETU. Nicknamed ‘the flying angels,’ the unit was based in Papua New Guinea.
The Book of Hope ‐ Antidote for Anxiety reveals that we are more anxious now than ever before. Our in-built mechanism of fight or flight is now on high alert. Our immediate response environment of consistent stress, has turned into overwhelming anxiety that we soothe, avoid or numb.
Vicki shares a ground-breaking mindset for dealing with anxiety. Through her personal experience with anxiety, she offers practical tools to reconnect to a hopeful future.
Hope has many shapes — an innocent child, an open door, a new book on the bedside, a wallet returned to its owner, a new beginning or a fresh spring day. The Book of Hope will help readers to cultivate and foster this hope and reframe their relationship with anxiety.
Authors: Vicki Bennett & Oliver Orth
Oliver’s First Big Spy Adventure, begins on an ordinary afternoon after school. Oliver overhears two suspicious-sounding men talking about bacteria, AK47s, vicious dogs and a mysterious island. He is kidnapped, tied up, chased across a field by guard dogs, catches a train, hires a taxi, rides a horse, is shot at, drives a boat and is hopelessly lost at sea. He is brave and resourceful, but can he escape?
Illustrations: Tull Suwannakit
France. Winter. 1919. The First World War is almost over. An orphan named Honoré wanders, cold, hungry and lost. When he stumbles on the Australian Airforce barracks and meets Airman, Tim Tovell, his life is changed forever. The Little Stowaway tells the story of Australia's Young Digger and his remarkable journey home. Link to trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR_T2zOB_n8
Produced by Vicki Bennett and Alan McGirvan, screenplay Vicki Bennett.
This dynamic documentary showcases 7 poignant stories emerging from WW1 which sparked a love story between Australia and France. It tells of how an Australian Airman smuggled a little French orphan to Australia in an oat bag. How just two pennies rebuilt the Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux. The day the Australian’s stole a very famous German tank and bought it home. Why Villers-Bretonneux is a funny name for an Aboriginal burial ground. How we brought the Unknown Soldier home to Australia. And how Villers-Bretonneux became that little piece of Australia, right in the middle of France. https://vbstories.com.au
Illustrations, John Flintcroft
Dreams Come True is a book and CD for children to share with their parents and grandparents.
Sometimes children need a quiet space of their own where nothing goes wrong. By reading this book and using their imagination, children can find this special place. Their favourite place may become any one of the seven visualisations: The Secret Garden, Library of Learning, Magic Cave of Friends, Rainforest Healing, The Beach and the Healing White Light, Flying in the Clouds, Pink Bubble. These can become positive places to solve problems, helping to put their young minds to rest.
Visualisation creates an environment for children to grow and learn and engage their imaginations.
This workbook also has a section on goalsetting and behaviour.
Dreams Come True, workbook and CD, is a valuable resource for teachers to use with children.
Visualisation creates an environment for children to grow and to learn and engage their imaginations.
Sometimes children need a quiet space of their own where nothing goes wrong. Reading this book and using the CD can provide a valuable tool for learning for children.
There are seven visualisations: The Secret Garden, use for creative learning and problem solving. Library of Learning, can be used as part of the study program, to build confidence for schoolwork. Magic Cave of Friends, can be used when there is any disharmony between friends in a classroom. Rainforest Healing, is an excellent tool to use when children are feeling aggressive or disruptive. The Beach and the Healing White Light, is useful when children are sick or out of sorts. Flying in the Clouds, is best used to ignite the imaginations for a writing task. Pink Bubble is a very calming visualisation, it helps children to feel safe and secure.
These visualisations become positive places to solve problems, helping to put their young minds to rest.
After World War 1, a little boy called George, living in Victoria, Australia decides to work hard and raise two pennies to help build a school in Villers-Bretonneux, France. This town had been flattened by war and the school destroyed.
This is a powerful and poignant story about a little boy who, with courage, hope and perseverance, helped to build this school across the oceans.
A bond was forged between George and Villers-Bretonneux that was never broken.
George was one of many Victorian school children who raised money to build the Victoria School in France after World War 1. This is his story.
This book is personal for Vicki. Just before her father died, he pressed two pennies into her hands and asked her to take them to a little school in France.
What Do Women Really Want? explores how women can achieve personal fulfilment, rewarding relationships and personal happiness and offers tools and ideas to achieve this. What Do Women Really Want? is loaded with stories and experiences from women; these are interwoven with comments, advice and suggestions from the authors which will stimulate thinking and create a positive and productive mindset.
Signposts for Life, is an easy-to-follow guide to fulfilling your potential and achieving success. Using real life case studies and touching anecdotes, this book explains how to control negative thinking, communicate more effectively, enhance relationships, visualise success, let go of past hurts and much more. Written in a fun and accessible style, Signposts for Life will inspire you to make simple yet highly effective changes to your thoughts, attitudes, daily routines and lifestyle that will build your self-esteem and create new and exciting opportunities in your life.
The Effective Leader; How To Balance Your Mind, Body And Spirit At Work And At Home is a motivational leadership book which, through nine easy steps explores mind, body, spirit for the individual in the context of the work environment. Successful leaders need to access a wide range of strengths and skills, but the great quest of our age is about bringing balance into our lives. The Effective Leader focuses on the total person and offers ideas and understandings to apply to all aspects of life. The nine key chapters explore a range of issues facing leaders and potential leaders; how to communicate, motivate, engage, be creative, exercise choice, give one's self great customer service, attract talent and forgive quickly. This book will stimulate thinking and give creative and practical ideas to enhance your abilities as a leader.
Life Smart is for young people aged 13-19 to help them navigate the challenges of being a teenager. Over 300 teenagers talked to Vicki about what is important to them and these interviews are the heart of this book. Written with awareness and understanding, this book provides sound advice on how to deal with the most challenging issues of these vital years – the ups and downs of friendship, falling in love; learning to believe in yourself, finding your tribe and relating to your family.
This CD is narrated by Vicki Bennett. It tells stories and shares insights about issues we all face. Vicki sees 'mirrors' (people, places, events) everywhere in her own life and cherishes the opportunity to learn from them.
Mirrors reflect our pleasure, pain, best and worst characteristics. With wisdom and unfailing optimism, Vicki explains how to recognise these mirrors. The quicker we learn, the quicker we access emotional intelligence.
This series of shining, clear mirrors allows the listener to find their own truth.
Making Dreams Come True is a book for children and grown-ups to share. Children have dreams and want to set goals just as adults do. It may be to ride a bike, do well at school, make friends, or play in a special team. This book shows how children can use visualisation and goal setting as a creative tool to achieve goals, create a space where they can solve problems and let go of their worries and fears. Making Dreams Come True is a step-by-step tool to empower children to make their dreams come true.
Our friend Robbie Morrow gave us a game for Christmas called Diplomacy. He told us about a young engaged couple, Sonya and Allan who, after a lively dinner party, decided to play the game with two other couples.
The game comes in a box which explains it as a game of skill in which negotiation, rather than chance, guides destinies of international politics. Up to seven players each seek to gain control of Europe. It is described as 'an exciting game of wits'.
They all read the rules and began. Sonya and Allan are very enthusiastic. They loved the idea of negotiating, of matching wits, and the thrilling possibility of out-maneuvering the other players.
Each person plays individually - which is apparent from the rules. But Sonya and Allan played as allies, and bounced off one another to make more winning moves and maneuvers. All was fine - until Allan out-maneuvered Sonya by not telling her what he was going to do.
In this book, Vicki Bennett takes a fresh look at the game of life and gives us new ways to look at the old rules with sound, practical advice and warm good humour that draws on her human understanding, communication skills and broad experience as a successful trainer.
Drawing on real-life experiences, she shows:
Signposts For Balance In Love And Work was written for the Japanese market designed for people learning English at medium competence (level 2 standard). It is written in simple, strong and beautiful English and is a valuable book for the English reader who likes a concise, easy to read and easy to access format. This book was first published in 2007 (IBC Publishing, Tokyo) and is now in its 6th print run.
There are 100 Signposts For Balance In Love And Work. Each signpost is a map for your future, giving you direction and guidance to assist in your life journey, helping to create personal achievement and satisfaction. The messages from each signpost will assist to develop a positive mindset and gives the reader ideas for living effectively in the 21st Century.
Each of the signposts gives valuable suggestions and tools to help the reader discover their own special talents, to be successful in their career, and to find happy relationships and love. The signposts can be read and as a book or taken in one at a time, absorbed as daily meditation.
If you want to find greater control of finding success, love, and happiness in all areas of your life, read Signposts For Balance In Love And Work.
The Team Building Visualisation CD will assist team members to build a positive, vibrant team.
This visualisation will take the team on a journey where they envisage the future desired state and success of the team.
We are familiar with the idea of athletes using visualisation as part of their preparation for competition; visualisation works just as well in the corporate sector for enabling goals, outcomes and team objectives.
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