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Seven little Australians trilogy by Ethel…

Seven little Australians trilogy (original 1894; edition 2001)

by Ethel Turner

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Title:Seven little Australians trilogy
Authors:Ethel Turner
Info:Ringwood, Vic.: Puffin, 2001. 1 v. (various pagings) : ill., ports. ; 20 cm.
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Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner (1894)



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The single greatest work of book-length fiction in 19th century Australia (rivalled only by the short stories of Henry Lawson and Steele Rudd) is a children's book. Ethel Turner's masterpiece haunts me, and I think it always will. Turner saw something in the still nascent Australia and its people, at just the period when the country was breaking free from its imperial roots (but before anyone other than white Anglos were permitted to live there) that I believe helped perpetuate that sense of freedom and difference from Europe. Read passionately by children for a century, I'm not sure if this work will reach the generation now starting school, but I hope so.

Turner says that not one of the seven children "is really good, for the very excellent reason that Australian children never are... [I]n Australia a model child is - I say it not without thankfulness - an unknown quantity.
It may be that the miasmas of naughtiness develop best in the sunny brilliancy of our atmosphere. It may be that the land and the people are so young-hearted together, and the children's spirits are not crushed and saddened by the shadow of long years' sorrowful history.
There is a lurking sparkle of joyousness and rebellion and mischief in nature here, and therefore in children.”

This is a work by a privileged white woman, no doubt, in a country that committed some grave sins in the 19th century. But as a work for Australian children, none of that should matter. Thank you, Ethel. ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
Quite a lot of fun; however, I was quite disturbed by the abusive father and the matter of fact easy he is presented. He is quite a contrast to the children who are described as naughty and wicked, yet the children show real love and compassion. Maybe that was the author's point... ? ( )
  wrightja2000 | Sep 6, 2018 |
Challenging, as there were cultural references & slang, etc., that made me feel often confused. I think I got enough of a sense of it, though, to see why it was influential and popular in its own place & time. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This is an interesting short read and a classic of Australian children's literature. But it is most interesting as a look at the way family dynamics have changed. The father , captain Woolcott, is aloof. With no understanding of his own children. His 2nd wife is only 20. His 1st wife having died about 3 years before the story is set. He has 6 children from his first wife and 1 from his second. The kids range in age from 1 to 16. And all are used to doing pretty much whatever they please. All the adventures are pretty innocent by today's standards but reading this one to your kids would be a good way to open discussions about how society has changed, parental roles have expanded and technology has changed our lives. ( )
  SashaM | Apr 20, 2016 |
Changed my rating to 5 stars, just because I'm so attached to this book. ( )
  TheEditrix | Jan 13, 2016 |
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The dashing Captain John Woolcot would run his household with regimental discipline, but his rules and regulations are no match for his seven fun loving children. The war of wills between the Captain and his troop of independent minded sons and daughters is tempered by the gentle guidance of his wife and the children?s kindly step-mother, Esther. Vivacious and unruly, Judy and her six siblings live in cheerful turmoil, struggling to gain their father?s affection before tragedy reveals the true strength of the family?s love.… (more)

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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 014034733X, 0143204866, 0670076872

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