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y separately published work icon Seven More Sleeps : Babs the Baby and Fog the Dog single work   picture book   children's  
Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004 Seven More Sleeps : Babs the Baby and Fog the Dog
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'It’s just seven more sleeps until the party and Babs the Baby and Fog the Dog are busy helping Mum get ready. Every day there’s something to do – and on the day itself there’s a BIG surprise!' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • This is affiliated with Dr Laurel Cohn's Picture Book Diet because it contains representations of food and/or food practices.

    Food depiction
    • Incidental
    • Featured
    Food types
    • Everyday foods
    • Discretionary foods
    • High sugar foods
    • Processed foods
    • Fresh foods
    Food practices
    • Parties and Entertaining
    • Food shopping
    • Food preparation
    Gender
    • Food shopping - female
    • Food preparation - female [domestic]
    Signage
    • Shop sign
    Positive/negative value n/a
    Food as sense of place
    • Domestic
    • Urban
    Setting
    • Domestic interior
    • Urban landscape
    Food as social cohesion
    • Social gatherings
    Food as cultural identity
    • White Australian characters
    Food as character identity n/a
    Food as language n/a

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Kingswood, Mitcham area, Adelaide - South / South East, Adelaide, South Australia,: Working Title Press , 2004 .
      image of person or book cover 1975829899401884602.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website
      Extent: 30p.
      Description: col. illus.
      Reprinted: 2007
      ISBN: 1876288388, 1876288604 (pbk), 9781876288600

Works about this Work

What Are We Feeding Our Children When We Read Them a Book? Depictions of Mothers and Food in Contemporary Australian Picture Books Laurel Cohn , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Mothers and Food : Negotiating Foodways from Maternal Perspectives 2016; (p. 232-244)

'This chapter explores how Australian writers and illustrators in the twenty-first century depict the act of mothering in picture books for young children in relation to cooking and serving food. It draws on the idea that children’s texts can be understood as sites of cultural production and reproduction, with social conventions and ideologies embedded in their narrative representations. The analysis is based on a survey of 124 books that were shortlisted for, or won, Children’s Book Council of Australia awards between 2001 and 2013. Of the eighty-seven titles that contain food and have human or anthropomorphised characters, twenty-six (30 percent) contain textual or illustrative references to maternal figures involved in food preparation or provision. Examination of this data set reveals that there is a strong correlation between non-Anglo-Australian maternal figures and home-cooked meals, and a clear link between Anglo-Australian mothers and sugar-rich snacks. The relative paucity of depictions of ethnically unmarked mothers offering more nutritious foods is notable given the cultural expectations of mothers as caretakers of their children’s well-being. At the same time, the linking of non-Anglo-Australian mothers with home-cooked meals can be seen as a means of signifying a cultural authenticity, a closeness to the earth that is differentiated from the normalised Australian culture represented in picture books. This suggests an unintended alignment of mothers preparing and serving meals with “otherness,” which creates a distancing effect between meals that may generally be considered nutritious and the normalised self. I contend there are unexamined, and perhaps unexpected, cultural assumptions about ethnicity, motherhood, and food embedded in contemporary Australian picture books. These have the potential to inscribe a system of beliefs about gender, cultural identity, and food that contributes to readers’ understanding of the world and themselves.'

Source: Abstract.

Untitled Sue Wilson , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , February vol. 49 no. 1 2005; (p. 25)

— Review of Seven More Sleeps : Babs the Baby and Fog the Dog Margaret Wild , 2004 single work picture book
Bookshelf Katharine England , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 December 2004; (p. 13)

— Review of Are We There Yet? : A Journey Around Australia Alison Lester , 2004 single work picture book ; On Our Way to the Beach Sofie Laguna , 2004 single work picture book ; Seven More Sleeps : Babs the Baby and Fog the Dog Margaret Wild , 2004 single work picture book
Untitled Annette Dale Meiklejohn , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 19 no. 4 2004; (p. 26)

— Review of Seven More Sleeps : Babs the Baby and Fog the Dog Margaret Wild , 2004 single work picture book
Untitled Annette Dale Meiklejohn , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 19 no. 4 2004; (p. 26)

— Review of Seven More Sleeps : Babs the Baby and Fog the Dog Margaret Wild , 2004 single work picture book
Bookshelf Katharine England , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 December 2004; (p. 13)

— Review of Are We There Yet? : A Journey Around Australia Alison Lester , 2004 single work picture book ; On Our Way to the Beach Sofie Laguna , 2004 single work picture book ; Seven More Sleeps : Babs the Baby and Fog the Dog Margaret Wild , 2004 single work picture book
Untitled Sue Wilson , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , February vol. 49 no. 1 2005; (p. 25)

— Review of Seven More Sleeps : Babs the Baby and Fog the Dog Margaret Wild , 2004 single work picture book
What Are We Feeding Our Children When We Read Them a Book? Depictions of Mothers and Food in Contemporary Australian Picture Books Laurel Cohn , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Mothers and Food : Negotiating Foodways from Maternal Perspectives 2016; (p. 232-244)

'This chapter explores how Australian writers and illustrators in the twenty-first century depict the act of mothering in picture books for young children in relation to cooking and serving food. It draws on the idea that children’s texts can be understood as sites of cultural production and reproduction, with social conventions and ideologies embedded in their narrative representations. The analysis is based on a survey of 124 books that were shortlisted for, or won, Children’s Book Council of Australia awards between 2001 and 2013. Of the eighty-seven titles that contain food and have human or anthropomorphised characters, twenty-six (30 percent) contain textual or illustrative references to maternal figures involved in food preparation or provision. Examination of this data set reveals that there is a strong correlation between non-Anglo-Australian maternal figures and home-cooked meals, and a clear link between Anglo-Australian mothers and sugar-rich snacks. The relative paucity of depictions of ethnically unmarked mothers offering more nutritious foods is notable given the cultural expectations of mothers as caretakers of their children’s well-being. At the same time, the linking of non-Anglo-Australian mothers with home-cooked meals can be seen as a means of signifying a cultural authenticity, a closeness to the earth that is differentiated from the normalised Australian culture represented in picture books. This suggests an unintended alignment of mothers preparing and serving meals with “otherness,” which creates a distancing effect between meals that may generally be considered nutritious and the normalised self. I contend there are unexamined, and perhaps unexpected, cultural assumptions about ethnicity, motherhood, and food embedded in contemporary Australian picture books. These have the potential to inscribe a system of beliefs about gender, cultural identity, and food that contributes to readers’ understanding of the world and themselves.'

Source: Abstract.

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