Ships in the Field

Ships in the Field

by Susanne Gervay and
illustrated by Anna Pignataro

Australia is an immigrant nation with many stories. Award-winning author Susanne Gervay and award-winning illustrator Anna Pignataro 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.
In a unique collaboration, Susanne and Anna have created a moving and significant picture book, Ships in the Field. It crosses boundaries in a universal recognition that children are part of the journey of war, migration, loss and healing. Through warmth, humour, pathos and story within story, it breaks the silence, engaging children, families and community.

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ISBN: 9781921665233
Publication date: February 2012
Extent: 32 pages
Format: Portrait hardcover
Price: AUD$26.95
Category: Picture book
Age guide: 7+

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About the Author

Susanne Gervay’s books include I Am Jack, a best selling rite-of-passage book on school bullying adapted into a play by MonkeyBaa Theatre for Young People. Super Jack makes blended families okay while Always Jack which carries the Cancer Council’s yellow daffodil is celebration of kids, family and community. Susanne’s young adult novels include Butterflies recognised by IBBY as outstanding youth literature on disability. She was recently flown to New York to speak at the World Burn Congress about the power of Butterflies to inspire and work towards embracing difference, tolerance and peace. YA book, That's Why I Wrote This Song breaks new ground in its integration of the web, music, film, text with integrated songs and video clip giving a voice to young people as they face the challenges of growing up in a confronting world.

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About the Illustrator


Award-winning and best-selling author and illustrator Anna Pignataro has created over forty books for children. Winner of the Crichton Award for Book Illustration in 1998, Anna has been shortlisted for picture book of the year with both the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) and YABBA, and her books have been selected by the CBCA as Notable Books in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009!


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Study Notes: Senior Studies and Visual Literacy