Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson was a man of many talents and accomplishments. In his lifetime, he fulfilled the roles of poet, lyricist, journalist, correspondent, speaker, author, clerk, solicitor, ambulance driver, soldier, sportsman, jockey, horse vet, bushman, farmer and radio commentator. He was a fine sportsman and loved hunting and fishing, but his great love was horses and the Australian bush.
He travelled the world and lived a life of great creative passion, and his story is something that intrigues both adults and children alike, leaving a cultural legacy that continues to this day through his books, his poetry and, of course, Waltzing Matilda.
This charming picture book for young children is a celebration of a man who became a world-traveller, hobnobbing with the glittering literati, but who still remained true to his roots, with a lifelong love of the Australian bush something that called to him throughout his life. Children can join Banjo, his family, dog and neighbourhood friends, as they recount the life of Banjo Paterson with an afternoon of backyard playtime that truly typifies childhood.
Illustrations by the award-winning Christina Booth are age-appropriate, active and heart-warming, making this impressive biography accessible to even the youngest of children.
About the Author
Tania McCartney writes for both adults and children, and has been shortlisted and awarded for both published and unpublished works. An experienced magazine writer, editor and speaker, she has been writing professionally for over 25 years and has almost a thousand articles and reviews in print and online. She also founded Kids’ Book Review, the number one children’s literature site on the web, and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge.
Tania has many years’ experience in book design and has a deep love of illustration. Australia: Illustrated is her first self-illustrated picture book. An Ambassador for the National Year of Reading (2012), and a Friend of The Reading Hour, she is also passionate about literacy. She has lived in Paris, London and Beijing, and currently lives in Canberra with her very supportive family, and a mountain of books.