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Issue Details: First known date: 1992... 1992 Keep Me Company
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When she is ill with chicken pox, Marnie does not wish to be left alone so she keeps Mum company until Mum cajoles her to rest, and she falls asleep.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Viking , 1992 .
      Extent: [32] p.p.
      Description: col. illus.
      ISBN: 0670837180
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Viking , 2000 .
      Extent: [28] p.p.
      Description: col. illus.
      Note/s:
      • A Puffin book
      ISBN: 0140543589

Works about this Work

Where Love Is... Margaret Dunkle , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 219 2000; (p. 58-59)

— Review of Keep Me Company Gillian Rubinstein , 1992 single work picture book ; Fox Margaret Wild , 2000 single work picture book ; The Adventures of Charlotte and Henry Bob Graham , 1987 single work picture book
Separation Anxiety in Three of Gillian Rubinstein's Collaborative Picture Story Books Alice Mills , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 7 no. 3 1997; (p. 5-9)

Mills examines three of Rubinstein's children's books, Keep Me Company (1992), Jake and Pete (1995), and Jake and Pete and the Stray Dogs (1997), in the light of psychiatrist John Bowlby's writing on Attachment Theory and Separation Anxiety, arguing that despite offering a helpful context for reading the texts, 'aspects of the picture story books[s] remain outside his theoretical framework (7). Bowlby is notably silent regarding Freud's Oedipus complex, nor does he 'theorize the body' in any detail and Mills looks at the texts in relation to the gaps between the the two approaches (7). She extends the reading beyond the Bowlbian paradigm for mother-child separation anxiety revealing a much darker message regarding anxiety, loss and death, in the texts, stating that, 'In so far as the books explore a child's separation anxiety by way of animals' troubles, the happy endings are a fragile fiction' (9).

Untitled John Murray , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 8 no. 1 1993; (p. 25)

— Review of Keep Me Company Gillian Rubinstein , 1992 single work picture book
Untitled Peg Goode , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 36 no. 4 1992; (p. 17)

— Review of Keep Me Company Gillian Rubinstein , 1992 single work picture book
From the Word Go : Books for Younger Readers Meg Sorensen , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 143 1992; (p. 67-69)

— Review of A Little Bush Maid Mary Grant Bruce , 1905 single work children's fiction ; Keep Me Company Gillian Rubinstein , 1992 single work picture book ; Queen Becky Chris Finkelstein , 1992 single work picture book
Untitled Peg Goode , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 36 no. 4 1992; (p. 17)

— Review of Keep Me Company Gillian Rubinstein , 1992 single work picture book
Untitled John Murray , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 8 no. 1 1993; (p. 25)

— Review of Keep Me Company Gillian Rubinstein , 1992 single work picture book
From the Word Go : Books for Younger Readers Meg Sorensen , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 143 1992; (p. 67-69)

— Review of A Little Bush Maid Mary Grant Bruce , 1905 single work children's fiction ; Keep Me Company Gillian Rubinstein , 1992 single work picture book ; Queen Becky Chris Finkelstein , 1992 single work picture book
Where Love Is... Margaret Dunkle , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 219 2000; (p. 58-59)

— Review of Keep Me Company Gillian Rubinstein , 1992 single work picture book ; Fox Margaret Wild , 2000 single work picture book ; The Adventures of Charlotte and Henry Bob Graham , 1987 single work picture book
Separation Anxiety in Three of Gillian Rubinstein's Collaborative Picture Story Books Alice Mills , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 7 no. 3 1997; (p. 5-9)

Mills examines three of Rubinstein's children's books, Keep Me Company (1992), Jake and Pete (1995), and Jake and Pete and the Stray Dogs (1997), in the light of psychiatrist John Bowlby's writing on Attachment Theory and Separation Anxiety, arguing that despite offering a helpful context for reading the texts, 'aspects of the picture story books[s] remain outside his theoretical framework (7). Bowlby is notably silent regarding Freud's Oedipus complex, nor does he 'theorize the body' in any detail and Mills looks at the texts in relation to the gaps between the the two approaches (7). She extends the reading beyond the Bowlbian paradigm for mother-child separation anxiety revealing a much darker message regarding anxiety, loss and death, in the texts, stating that, 'In so far as the books explore a child's separation anxiety by way of animals' troubles, the happy endings are a fragile fiction' (9).

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