I Hope It’s Pretty There Learning Resource

About the learning resource

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This learning resource supports the story book I Hope It’s Pretty There by Alex Kopp and Kevin Vindeg. It provides a range of activity sheets that can be used by students or as springboard ideas for teachers. Worksheets can either be used as conversation starters or as a sheet where students write their responses. In some cases, students may need to write their responses on the back of their sheet or on a new page. On each page, you will find a question or discussion point, marked with a line on the left-hand side, which is aimed at considering a Whadjuk Nyoongar perspective. Your school may have resources available that will aid this further research and discussion.

The resource links with the Western Australian curriculum, particularly for Years 4-5.


About the book

An illustrated book cover shows a woman and two children aboard a boat with a pink and orange sky in the background.

I Hope It’s Pretty There by Alex Kopp and Kevin Vindeg

In February 1829, a ship called Parmelia left England headed for the west coast of Australia. It was packed with men, women and children set on building a new life for themselves by the mouth of the Swan River.

Among them were young Joseph Daly, his mum, dad and four siblings. Filled with hope, uncertainty — and cases full of pots, pans and other household goods — the passengers were to become the first settlers to the new colony. But the promise of a new idyllic life is shattered when tragedy strikes during the voyage.

Meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated, I Hope It’s Pretty There recounts the drama of the historic journey through Joseph’s eyes and serves as a bittersweet tale of hope, courage, loss and resilience.