These words piqued* my interest as they wafted to my ears from the TV set in the other room.
“Who is that?” I called out.
“Jackie French,” he replied.
I jumped up, eager to see and hear more.
Jackie French is a well-known Australian author and advocate for literacy and the environment. She is currently the Australian Children’s Laureate with the task of promoting “the importance and transformational power of reading, creativity and story in the lives of young Australians”.
I was delighted to find that Jackie’s speech was in acceptance of an Australian of the Year Award.
The media announcement released by the Minister for Social Services explains that Jackie was recognised for her “long and distinguished career as a beloved children’s writer, earning more than 60 literary prizes for her books.”
“Jackie embodies this commitment (to changing lives in our community) and I’d like thank her for the work she continues to do sharing the power of reading and story-telling for young Australians, and her work in conservation.”
Here is Jackie, Senior Australian of the Year 2015, accepting her award.
In this next video Jackie talks about her book “Hitler’s Daughter”. You don’t have to have read the book to glean much of interest from the interview. In the discussion Jackie shares her thoughts about reading and writing. She questions how the ‘world’ in which one is, influences thoughts about good and evil and decisions that are made. She discusses how the need for evil to be resolved in a work of fiction differs between children and adults. She talks about whether it is necessary for a child to apologise for the sins of the previous generation, and how still controversial issues can be dealt with in an historical situation. It is worth listening to if you simply want something to ponder over.
Being an early childhood teacher I am more familiar with Jackie’s picture books such as
Here is a video of Jackie reading Diary of a Wombat.
I have just discovered that Hitler’s Daughter is available as an audiobook, so it is going onto my list!
I congratulate Jackie on her award and thank her for the contribution she is making to the lives of so many and the future of our planet.
In this sentence, I am using the word “piqued” to mean “stimulated or aroused my interest”.
How can one word be used to express opposite meanings? I don’t know how anyone is expected to learn or understand the nuances of this language we call English!
When I checked with my thesaurus to ensure I had chosen the correct word, this is what I found:
How many other words do you know that could almost be listed as its antonym?
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