- This genre-based and chronological exploration is an exhaustive, analytical coverage of fascinating literature that highlights developing social and educational attitudes world-wide.
- The author is recognised internationally as an authority on children's literature, and Australian writing in particular.
- Before the first children's book was written and publisher in the colony of New South Wales in 1841, writers for children in Britain, France and Germany were intrigued by the remote part of the globe.
- Then in 1841, came full-blooded tales if shipwreck, massacre and stories of a hostile and exciting continent—a land of opportunity for stalwart young emigrants and settlers.
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