It would be quite a challenge to grow up in Australia and not have heard of Ned Kelly. He is the hero/thief that has become an infamous part of Australian history. Indeed he has even become immortalised in the art work of Sir Sydney Nolan.

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Ned Kelly and the Green Sash is told in first person and with each page we are taken on a journey through the circumstances that made Ned Kelly the infamous leader of the Kelly Gang.

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The story is superbly crafted, leaving you with a much greater understanding of how this boy, who saved his classmate from drowning, grew up to become an infamous folk hero. The pictures are beautiful in their simplicity. A great book for exploring different points of view and perspectives.NedKellyGreenSash_MarkGreenwoodFraneLessac-SML

Ned Kelly and the Green Sash

Author: Mark Greenwood

Illustrator: Frane Lessac

ISBN: 978-1-921150-87-6

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Written by Nadia

21 Comments

nadiamc

Wow! Does she have an incredibly strong sense of social justice too? It is a lovely book, I hope she likes it!

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JF Gibson

I’ve seen the Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly art collection. I love his abstract view of the story. And coming from Kelly Country I can appreciate the setting.

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nadiamc

We are lucky to have it living at the NGA, only 50minutes from where we live. It was great going back to see the paintings after we’d read the picture book. I’m sure they’ll grow to appreciate it more as they get older.

What a lovely area to come from! Are you still there?

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nadiamc

Completely agree. Love him or hate him, agree with his actions or not, he raises good discussions about what was happening in Australia at the time.

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nadiamc

The Queensland Theatre Company’s production of Kelly by Matthew Ryan was amazing. Really made me think a lot deeper about a story I’d grown up with. Not sure if it’s still showing anywhere though.

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nadiamc

Definitely! I like the different perspective it gives, exploring the circumstances that lead to what happened a little more.

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Vanessa

You know, I actually know very little about Ned Kelly. I did bounce between counties in primary school though, so maybe I missed out on learning about him.

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