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December 6, 2011

Ships in the Field

by Susanne Gervay and illustrated by Anna Pignataro

Ships in the Field — whatever can it mean?

Find out when you read the latest book by Susanne Gervay, award-winning author of the popular I Am Jack series and books for Young Adult readers.  Ships in the Field is a heart-warming story with a subtle but significant sub-text that children are part of the journey of war, migration, loss and healing. Susanne writes with a light hand, warmth and humour to make this important story appealing to young readers.  Glorious evocative water colour illustrations by Anna Pignataro bring the story to life. I have had the privilege of reading a sample copy and was enchanted by the moving story and water colour illustrations. Highly recommended. Watch out for its release in February 2012.

Illustration by Anna Pignataro from Susanne Gervay's 'Ships in the Field' (c)

 Multi-award winning Susanne Gervay is recognised for her writing on social justice endorsed by Room to Read, Alannah & Madeline Foundation, Life Education. Her best-selling books include her Jack books – I Am Jack, Super Jack & Always Jack and young adult novel Butterflies.

Winner of the Crichton Award in 1998, Anna Pignataro has created over forty books for children. Shortlisted by the CBCA and YABBA, many of her books are Notables. The best-selling Always, Together and Princess and Fairy are published in eleven countries and enjoyed in seven languages. Check Anna’s website for a peek at some of her stunning illustrations.

Susanne and Anna are part of that immigrant and refugee story. Susanne’s parents were post-war Hungarian refugees who migrated to Australia. Anna’s parents were post-war Italian refugees who migrated to Australia.

 Ships in the Field

ISBN: 9781921665233

Publication date: February 2012

Extent: 32 pages

Format: Portrait hardback

Price: AUD$26.95

Category: Picture book

Age guide: 7+


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  1. It was an emotional and special experience writing and collaborating with Anna :Pignataro on ‘Ships in the Field’

    Comment by Susanne Gervay — December 6, 2011 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

  2. and a remarkable result, Susanne.

    Comment by Sharon — December 6, 2011 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

  3. I have a copy too and will review it early in the New Year for all the teacher librarians in Australia so they can consider for their collections when they have some $$$. As a Kiwi with an accent, I really relate to ‘ships in the field’. LOL.

    Comment by Barbara Braxton — December 7, 2011 @ 12:38 pm | Reply

    • Hello Barbara,
      I’m sure Ships in the Field will appeal to young readers. It has that indefinable and elusive mystery and magic about it that the best picture books create, which draws the readers into the story. The title is brilliant, a gentle yet clever play on words.

      Comment by Sharon — December 7, 2011 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

      • Brbara Branxton is one of the best librarians and her recommendation is a deeply special one.

        Comment by Susanne Gervay — December 7, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

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