Eight-year-old Phoebe lives in Attunga, a town northwest of Sydney, with her parents, 10-year-old brother, Forbes, and their dog Jake. Phoebe contributes to the family chores, including feeding the chickens and collecting eggs and herding the sheep. After eating breakfast with her family, Phoebe and her brother set out for school this particular day is Sports Day, a friendly athletic competition with other schools. During her day, she also studies math, enjoys pizza and recess and plays field hockey with her classmates. Phoebe s after school activities include violin and ballet lessons and learning to ride a motorbike to help with the herding. After dinner she reads with her father before heading off to bed. Joshua is a seven-year-old who lives in Sydney with his mom, dad, five-year-old sister, Phoebe, and a menagerie of rabbits, fish, chickens and a parrot. Dad works as a journalist in downtown Sydney while Mom, a former journalist, is a stay-at-home mother and novelist. We learn how Joshua s family deals with the long Australian droughts by conserving water in efficiently inventive ways. During Joshua s day at school he studies English and penmanship and plays at recess with his friends. After school he visits his grandparents, practices piano and enjoys a nice bath before reading a story with his mother and going to bed.
This program shows both differences and similarities between the two families while showcasing Australian lifestyles. -- --Booklist