Thank you to Paula from Paula’s Place for holding Storybook Sunday.
The Night We Made the Flag
Written by Carole Wilkinson
Illustrated by Sebastian Ciaffaglione
The Night We Made the Flag will give you goosebumps! The illustrations are sublime, each page a work of art. The story is stunning. This is historical fiction, based on true events but with imagination used to fill in the unknown facts.
It tells about a night on the Goldfields of Ballarat and is told through the eyes of Mary, a young girl. Mary lives with her Mama, Father and brothers in a tent on the Ballarat Goldfields in 1851. The book details the sewing of the Eureka Flag by a group of women who come to sit through the night to complete the task with Mary’s mother, in their tent. Mary’s best petticoat is used to make the stars of the Southern Cross. She helps to stitch one of the stars in place. The flag is raised in the morning as the diggers gather to protest.
Links to the Australian Curriculum History
Year 5 – During Year 5 student need to study the impact of a significant development or event on a colony, such as the Eureka Stockade. This book is an excellent accompaniment to this study.
Explanation and Communication – This part of the Historical Skills strand asks students to develop historical narratives. The Night We Made the Flag is a lovely example of a historical narrative, including extensive notes at the end of the book, explaining what is factual and imaginative.