This charming book is a memoir of Gavin Bishop's idyllic childhood days, growing up in Kingston beside gorgeous Lake Wakatipu. It's a gentle tale of a boyhood spent haring around outside, building huts, eating girdle scones, catching eels, watching the train, eating roast mutton, going to school on a horse, arguing with your best mate, eating Marmite sandwiches, Guy FawkesThis charming book is a memoir of Gavin Bishop's idyllic childhood days, growing up in Kingston beside gorgeous Lake Wakatipu. It's a gentle tale of a boyhood spent haring around outside, building huts, eating girdle scones, catching eels, watching the train, eating roast mutton, going to school on a horse, arguing with your best mate, eating Marmite sandwiches, Guy Fawkes Day – and lots more eating.It's an elegantly written story but it's the illustrations that are the real star of this book. Using two different techniques, Gavin has created both colour and black and white illustrations that bring the story to life and give a great sense of nostalgia....
|Title||:||Piano Rock: A 1950s Childhood|
|Number of Pages||:||120 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Piano Rock: A 1950s Childhood Reviews
Nice book with simple stories to imagine how it was to live in a small town south of NZ in the 50s.Also beautiful illustrations to enjoy.
Really enjoyed this. Gives a great insight to NZ life in the 1950s. By the time of my childhood 30 years later the train to Kingston and the Earnslaw had both been stopped as public transport, but both are still operating on shorter runs as tourist experiences on old-fashioned transport. When I was born, the road between Kingston and Queenstown was still unsealed, but even once they sealed it it was still a major cause of car-sickness for me. This book brought back many memories of my own childhood, as the places mentioned are all familiar to those years of my life. It has struck me recently that I must be getting old because so much of what was common place is now no more.
It was the cover which drew me to the book. The story delivers a well paced recount of Gavin's years in Kingston touching on events that helped shaped him between the ages of 4 - 8. It is beautifully illustrated as to be expected. The story warmed me as I read and thought of how similar the everyday events seam to my own parents childhood in the 50s. I think this book would be an easy read for most children over 8 years with short chapters allowing children to pick it up for a moment, while others could read it in one sitting. The addition of a glossary is a great feature for those with a limited knowledge of 1950s New Zealand. I really enjoyed this and plan now to read it to my daughter.
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I loved this little Book. Gavin Bishop has evoked this little town in 50's NZ and with it his warm country childhood, with such clarity. Although I'm a 60's child, much - like Fielders Sponge Cake flour is full of memories. The subtle illustrations do just what they should - support, without detracting or taking over. Lovely.
I'm not a big fan of the 1950s as "the good old days" but hard not to feel it here. The illustrations are lovely, Bishop is a fun kid, and all that baking! What's not to like?!
NZ Post book award finalist.
This was a quick read, I read it in one night.I love reading books that are based in New Zealand and especially awesome to be so close to home as a Southlander.