Edel Wignell and Elizabeth Botte
IP Kids Picture Book/ Historical Non-Fiction
Christina’s Matilda is a step back in time; the story starts in 1854 and is a look at the life of Christina Macpherson. Who as it happens helped to write Waltzing Matilda a little known fact that Edel Wignell wanted to make known.
Christina had an interesting life as a child her household was even held hostage by the bushranger Dan Morgan. At a later date though, she sat at a piano and created the tune for Waltzing Matilda beside Banjo Paterson, who is still recognised for his poetry and writing.
Christina’s Matilda would certainly be a great resource for a school project and a great discussion piece for the classroom.
A Bug in a Book Review – Angela Hall