by Andrew Kelly, illustrated by Mark Jackson and Heather Potter
Little Lon is a picture book that scrapes back the layers of history to show how people lived and worked in a post settlement Australian city. Behind the grand buildings of the big streets was Little Lon. A working-class district of little houses and narrow lanes, bursting with life and the stories of the people who lived there. The poor of the time are not often celebrated in traditional histories, but Little Lon shows us something of the way people really lived.
“A glimpse at the life of Melbourne girl Marie Hayes a century ago…a delight to revisit in modern times.”Herald Sun
“Little Lon…is a joyous story of growing up in an area that others thought of as a slum.”Female.com.au
“This is…a history of a special place and time, a story behind the story, when migrants from all over the world, made Australia their home and were accepted no matter where they came from.”Kids’ Book Review