Reviews of Nancy Bentley the First Australian Female Sailor

Books for Little Hands Picture Books and Writing for Children Review

Hawkin’s has retold Nancy’s moving story with beautiful simplicity making it ideal for primary school children. Her previouspublished books include, Max meets a Monster and Lost in the Last Frontier.

Grantford’s illustrations of watercolours, pen and ink, stunningly depict Australian family life in the 1920s. My favourite page is of Nancy peering through the railings of the ship as they head out to sea, just like a true sailor of the HMAS Sydney. The end pages include Nancy Bentley’s biography, photo, and her Certificate of service. Nancy Bentley The First Australian Female Sailor is a stunning addition to any library.

Puddles and Gumboots Review

This gorgeous book by Canberra author Tracey Hawkins gave me goose bumps all the way through. Warmly told, the story of this lovely little girl highlights the rich tapestry of historical events that make our country so unique. Beautifully-designed and featuring truly lovely watercolour illustrations by Jacqui Grantford, the book comes complete with a facsimile of Nancy’s Certificate of Service and an author’s biography note detailing her story. This heart warming tale is one children all over Australia will feel proud to know.

The story is charmingly told by Tracey Hawkins and the words have a nice flow, and it has become one of our regular read-aloud favourites in the last few weeks. The beautiful water-colour illustrations by Jacqui Grantford complement the story perfectly, and really convey a great sense of the time period of the events.’

Kid’s Book Capers Review

‘This gorgeous book by Canberra author Tracey Hawkins gave me goose bumps all the way through. Warmly told, the story of this lovely little girl highlights the rich tapestry of historical events that make our country so unique. Beautifully-designed and featuring truly lovely watercolour illustrations by Jacqui Grantford, the book comes complete with a facsimile of Nancy’s Certificate of Service and an author’s biography note detailing her story. This heart warming tale is one children all over Australia will feel proud to know.’