Book Week Day 4 {great australian picture books part 2 }

Here we go again. Instalment two.

In no particular order.

1. Too Many Pears by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

Pamela liked pears. Pamela liked fresh pears. She liked pears even more than Amy did! 

How to cure a cow who loves pears too much!

2. Koala Lou by Mem Fox

There was once a baby koala so soft and round that all who saw her loved her.  Her name was Koala Lou. 

Koala Lou dearly wants her mum to notice her. Maybe trying out for the Bush Olympics will do the trick?

3. Sebastian Lives in a hat by Thelma Catterwall and Kerry Argent

Sebastian lives in a hat. It’s a brown woollen hat. Sebastian’s a pink fuzzy wombat.  

A delightful story about an orphaned wombat baby that doesn’t stay a cute little baby for ever!

4. Amy and Louis by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood

Amy and Louis built towers as high as the sky. They dug holes deep enough to bury bears and they saw magical creatures in clouds.

Amy and Louis are friends and they share everything together.  Until Amy moves away.

5. Wilfred Gordon MacDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

There once was a small boy called Wilfred Gordon MacDonald Partridge and what’s more he wasn’t very old either.  His house was next door to an old people’s home and he knew all the old people who lived there. 

A story about memories and how they are important.

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Take a look at Day 1 here

Day 2 here

Day 3 here

All book cover images taken from Booktopia.


Book Week Day 3 {great australian picture books part 1}

There was no way that I would not be able to keep the list of our favourite Australian Picture books below ten.  So here is the first instalment.  Albeit a little late in the night.  Sick kid for two days has kind of thrown the retirement equilibrium out, but as the old adage goes “better late than never.”

In no particular order, our favourite Australian Picture books are…

1. Grandpa and Thomas by Pamela Allen

“Grandpa and Thomas go to the beach. Thomas carries his bucket and spade. Grandpa carries his bag, the big picnic rug, and the green umbrella.”

2. Tough Boris by Mem Fox

“Once upon a time, there lived a pirate named Boris von der Borch.  He was tough.  All pirates are tough.”

3. Waddle, Giggle, Gargle! by Pamela Allen

“This is Jonathan.  This is Grandma, and this is Grandpa.  They all live together in a little blue house.  This little blue house is at the end of the street.  At the other end of the street is a tall gum tree.”

4. Pete the Sheep by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

“Ratso the shearer had a sheepdog called Brute.  Big Bob the shearer had a sheepdog called Tiny.  Bungo the shearer had a sheepdog called Fang.  But the new shearer had a sheep-sheep. “Hi, I’m Shaun,” he said, “and this is Pete.”

5. Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles and Rod Clement

“Edward the emu was sick of the zoo.  There was nowhere to go, there was nothing to do. And compared to the seals that lived right next door, well being an emu was frankly a bore.”

Picture credit: All book covers taken from images via the Booktopia Website.

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My favourite book?  When I was little it was “Phoebe and the hot water bottles” by Terry Furchgott and Linda Dawson.  Since I am all growed up,  I love this book.  It’s very un-p.c and ever so slightly rude, but I love the graphics and the type.  The fact that someone had the guts to write a story about animal pooh is pretty fab too! (It helps that the first time I heard this book, it was read to me by Mem Fox)

The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it Was None of His Business by Werner Holzwarth, Wolf Erlbruch

It’s not easy to get a copy of, so enjoy this animation of the story:

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Book Week 2012

(Love this photo of the kids when they were “little” reading a favourite Usborne book)

From today until next Friday is National Children’s Book Week in Australia.

To celebrate, I’ll be reviewing some favourite books from our shelf – which may include Coral Tulloch‘s new collaboration with Alison Lester, “One Small Island”.  We bought a copy of it today while we were at the Literacy Centre’s Term 3 Open Day . It was only a short visit, but the girls got to meet and talk to Coral, as well as get her to sign a copy of her new book.

The Literacy Centre has an extensive calendar of events which includes exhibitions of Australian authors and illustrators.  (At the moment they have a Shaun Tan exhibition which includes original paintings from some of his books.)  Keeks bought a signed copy of Jackie French’s new book “Year in the Valley”  in the Literacy Centre’s Book Shop to add to her almost complete collection of Jackie’s books and has devoured that all afternoon.  If she finishes it in the next few days, I might get her to write a review.

It’s been a while since I have been to the Literacy Centre and today has reinvigorated my love of what they do there.  I know I will be going back soon.  Thanks Kate for reminding me.