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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Wish You Were Here
by Anushka Ravishankar
Age Range: 6-8
Nonsense-verse poet Anushka Ravishankar has produced a quirky collection of postcard poems from a very peculiar family. Grandpa Laung has fallen off the Eiffel Tower, Cousin Pilla objects to the angle of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Uncle Tettra Hedran has moved into an Egyptian pyramid and Aunt Parapetta has gone to climb
the Great Wall of China.
“Grandpa Laung has nimble toes
He dances wherever he goes
He danced along the Paris streets
He did a jig and tapped his feet”.
Each postcard finds its way home to their stay-at-home-relative, who much prefers the comfort of a cushioned chair to wandering the globe. All the locations have been illustrated by commercial poster artists, and include ‘snapshots’ of the various family members. Captivating all the stereotypes of travel, this entertaining and upbeat book would make a fun starting point for children wanting to try composing a ‘postcard poem’ of their own.