Our Street (Retrosuburbia for kids)

AU$ 24

AU$ 24.00

ISBN: 9780648845980
Author: Lowe, Beck and Holmgren, David
Illustrations: Brenna Quinlan
Publisher: Melliodora Publishing
Format: Paperback | Full colour | 48 pp
Size (mm): 210mm x 297mm / Weight (kg): 0.24
RRP: $24
Discount: 40%. Bulk discount 45% for 6+ copies.
Publication date: November 2020

  • Encourages kids to live creative, sustainable lifestyles
  • Looks at suburban living since the 1950’s
  • Includes thought provoking questions to get kids thinking and motivated
  • Colorful and engaging illustrations by Brenna Quinlan
  • Printed in Australia
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    Our Street is an illustrated story book for upper primary school age children. Join the kids living in a suburban Aussie street over seven decades and into the near future. It explores how suburban life changes between the 1950s and 2020s, and provides a positive vision of the future. It is a tool for parents and educators to help inspire children with positive solutions for sustainable and resilient living, whilst reflecting on Australian history.

    Our Street asks the Questions: How do they live? What do they eat? In what ways do their households work? Can you help make your neighbourhood a happening place like this street?

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    About the author

    Beck Lowe is a permaculture educator and writer. She undertook a life-changing Permaculture Design Course in 1994 and has been practicing permaculture ever since. She worked closely with David Holmgren on RetroSuburbia as project manager, researcher and chief text wrangler, and reinterpreted his ‘Aussie Street’ story for kids in Our Street. She has also been editor and/or project manager on various new and re-releases at Melliodora Publishing. Beck is the black sheep of the retrosuburbia family, living on her 60 acre permaculture farm near Heathcote in central Victoria. Besides work with Holmgren Design and Melliodora Publishing, and running her farm, she teaches permaculture, and is finishing her book on animals in permaculture. becklowe.com.au

    Brenna QuinlanBrenna Quinlan spent four years living at Melliodora, the permaculture demonstration site founded by David Holmgren and Su Dennett in Central Victoria. She is currently building a strawbale house and planting her own garden at a permaculture community in the Great Southern, WA.

    Brenna has worked as an illustrator for several organisations including the Bob Brown Foundation, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. She is also part of the Grow Do It permaculture teaching team, and regularly collaborates with Milkwood Permaculture and Melliodora Publishing on various projects and publications.

    David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator with Bill Mollison of the permaculture concept following the publication of Permaculture One in 1978. Within the growing and international permaculture movement, David is respected for his commitment to presenting permaculture ideas through practical projects and teaching by personal example, that a sustainable lifestyle is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism. As well as constant involvement in the practical side of permaculture, David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability, which he explored in Future Scenarios (2009), and Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2003/2017) and his most recent book RetroSuburbia (2018). With an increasingly high profile as a public speaker, David Holmgren provides leadership with his refreshing and unorthodox approach to the environmental issues of our time. David lives with his partner Su Dennett at “Melliodora“, a one-hectare permaculture demonstration site at Hepburn Springs, Central Victoria, Australia. Visit his web site at holmgren.com.au. See David’s titles here.


    Additional information

    Weight .24 kg
    Dimensions 210 × 297 × 4 mm