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May 02 2014

Knick knack bushwhack ill. by Mandy Foot

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Lothian, 2014. ISBN: 9780734413123.
The classic kids' song 'Knick Knack Paddywhack' has been revamped for this fun Aussie retelling. Beginning with little croc, the book follows many beloved Australian animals 'with a knick knack bushwhack' as they join in with their mate, the little croc, and his catchy song. The lovely illustrations by Mandy Foot show the cheerful-looking animals against a realistic Australian backdrop using a colour palette that is predominantly blue, green and brown. This would be suitable for use in an early childhood educational setting as a simple counting book and could be extended across the primary years as a stimulus for a music or drama lesson. The inner cover pages both feature the musical score although the book could be a great prompt for children to imagine what alternative materials they could use to create music.
This is a fun book that is bound to get any reader smiling as they sing along with this group of little Aussie mates.
Stephanie Bell

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