Now with the colder weather setting in, we have been reading a lot of books recently, always things come in fits and starts. Our learning about Australia and its history is ongoing. The children love reading books and learning that way about the past, its people, culture, expectations and journey.
Currently we are reading together as a family a series of books called ‘Our Australian Girl’. Within the ‘Our Australian Girl Series’ there are mini series. So far we have collected four out of the six mini series available. Each mini series has 4 books within them.
These books are definitely an easy read for Phinee, yet old enough to keep her entertained. Nik on the other hand is also enjoying them, even though she is too young to read them on her own.
We have almost finished reading the mini series called Letty. It is based around a young girl called Letty who arrives in Australia in the year 1841. Her journey is not one that she anticipated taking as she accidentally boarded the boat to Australia without a ticket to travel.
The first book in the series is called Meet Letty.
It’s 1841 and Letty is on the docks in England, farewelling her bossy older sister, who is about to take a long sea voyage to Australia. But then there is a mix-up,and before she knows it Letty finds herself on the ship too, travelling to New South Wales! How will Letty manage when her sister doesn’t even want her on the ship? And what will it be like on the other side of the world? Meet Letty and join her adventure in the first of four exciting stories about a free settler girl and her new life in a far-off land.
The girls and I enjoyed this story very much and could not wait to read the second book in the series called Letty and the Stranger’s Lace.
Letty’s journey continues in this, the second of four books about a free-settler girl in a far-off land. Letty and Lavinia have arrived in Sydney as free settlers. They’ve made the long ship’s journey from England, but with no friends, no family, no jobs and only a hope chest between them, how will they survive so far from home? When Lavinia gets a job in the posh end of town, Letty is left alone, feeling sad and worthless. But a series of events leads her to a mysterious stranger who helps Letty realise that she is not as useless as she fears…
We have now completed the third book in the series called Letty on the Land.
Letty’s journey continues in this, the third of exciting four books about a free-settler girl in a new land. Letty is finally making a life for herself in New South Wales when her world is thrown into turmoil again. The family she is working for are going back to their home in the country, and they want Letty to go with them to the Blue Mountains! Living in the harsh Australian bush is beyond what Letty could have imagined, and she soon starts to wonder if she’s made the right choice. But just when she is at her lowest point, someone appears from Letty’s past – someone marvellous…
Again the girls really enjoyed the continuing Journey of Letty and we are looking forward to reading the last installment in the series called Letty’s Christmas.
Letty’s journey concludes in this, the last of four exciting books about a free-settler girl in a new land. When times turn bad on the land, Letty must return to Sydney, leaving the Grey family behind. But what will she do once she gets there? Letty could never have imagined the surprises that await her…This captivating tale of love and adventure will have fans of Letty bursting with happiness. A memorable and satisfying end to this charming character’s story.
Each book is around 130 pages long, they are an easy read, yet quite engaging and give a sense of what it would be like to be in Australia around the year 1841.
We read the American Girl series years ago and enjoyed these, but it is great to have a series of books based around our own heritage and country. Once we finish Letty I think we will begin reading the next mini series together based around Grace in Australia in the year 1808.
So pleased that these books are actually part of our Home Library Collection!