Book Review: To Get to Me, by Eleanor Kerr and Judith Russell
Posted by Lisa Hill on June 18, 2013
To Get to Me is a bright and colourful picture book about transport. It features a little boy called Peter who invites his friend Ahmed to come along to the zoo, but Ahmed needs to make his way there from somewhere in the Middle East to Sydney, using a variety of forms of transport, from camels to chairlifts.
While the pictures are gorgeous, there’s not much more to it than that, and it bothers me a little bit that the transport depicted in the Middle East consists of camels and a village bus complete with chickens on the roof – until they get to the airport. Sydney, by contrast, has a modern train; an escalator; ferries, boats and yachts; and the chairlift. These contrasts contribute to the stereotype of the Middle East as a backward place when in fact a country like Qatar, for example, (one of the richest countries in the world) is incredibly modern and the contemporary architecture in Doha puts the Sydney Opera House to shame. (In Dubai, I read at Virtual Tourist, the bus stops are air-conditioned, an innovation I’d like to see in Australia!)
So if I were using this book to teach a unit of work on transport, I’d supplement it with a variety of images:
- a dolmus (mini-bus)
- a modern bus, complete with video screens
- metro stations
- female taxi drivers (offering a service for women only)
- taxi boats
- a catamaran (Greece to Turkey)
- a ferry (to Rhodes)
- a hydrofoil (the Marmaris Express)
and so on…
Author: Eleanor Russell
Illustrator: Judith Rossell
Title: To Get to Me
Publisher: Random House, 2013
Review copy courtesy of Random House
Fishpond: To Get To Me
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