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Sep 09 2011

Colours a bush rainbow with Gumnut babies

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Scholastic Australia, 2011. ISBN 9781742830421.
(Age 2-4) Recommended. Board book. Beautiful illustrations from May Gibbs bring this board book for young children alive. The back cover states 'Learn the colours of the rainbow with May Gibbs' gumnut babies.' Each page is adorned with a magical gumnut baby, carefully selected from May Gibbs' drawings and with the print in the colour that is being illustrated. When the reader comes to the end of the book to see the rainbow each word is in a different colour to illustrate the spectrum of colours.
But children will learn much more than colours from this book. Their imaginations will soar like the gumnut baby who flies on a butterfly high in the blue sky; they will long to touch the yellow glow of the wattle and find a black spider for themselves, hanging from a leaf.
This little board book will bring those wonderful illustrations back for another generation of Australians, and children's imaginations will grow and flourish as they look at each magnificent drawing.
Pat Pledger

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