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May 21 2012

Shy the platypus by Leslie Rees

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National Library of Australia, 2011.  ISBN 9780642277411. $24.95
(Ages: 8+) This book, first published in 1944, outlines the adventures of Shy as she grows up and leaves the family nest to have a life of her own. It begins with a forward by Leslie Rees' daughter, outlining us why and how her father addressed a lack of books for children about Australian animals.
The style is very descriptive and would be ideal for a read aloud text during a study of Australian animals in Year 3 or 4. Also ideal for teachers wanting to ensure they cover classic literature as well as contemporary texts with classes.
The book finishes with factual information about the platypus and details about the beautiful illustrations included to support the text. A worthy addition to a school library or lovely present from grandparents wanting to give their grandchildren a quality book to treasure.
Chris Lloyd

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