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Oct 22 2014

Deck the sheds with bits of wattle by Colin Buchanan & Greg Champion

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Ill. by Glen Singleton. Scholastic, 2014. ISBN 9781743620427
(Age: 5+) Recommended. Christmas. Carols. Australian life. The Aussie singing duo, Bucko and Champs have teamed up once again with Scholastic to publish another one of their popular Christmas parodies. Following on the success of their Aussie jingle bells and Fair dinkum Aussie Easter picture books, this new publication with accompanying CD makes for a great Christmas present or class celebration.
Epitomising the Aussie bush and filled with Aussie slang, this song introduces the reader to Syd Echidna and his thoughtfully decorated outback shed. His wattle and gumnut ornaments suffer when a wild willy willy sweeps through his place. Syd is greatly disappointed and disheartened. In true country spirit Bush Cocky comes up with a plan and enlists the aid of all Syd's bush friends to redecorate the shed. This is a story of friendship and mateship as they all rally round to cheer Syd up.
Glen Singleton's lively illustrations are fun and vibrant. He has successfully brought to life Bucko and Champs' cast of Australian animals.
A wonderful addition to the Australian Christmas celebrations, a fun and festive gift and an exciting new carol for the school festivities.
There's never been a shed this decked.
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.
Rhyllis Bignell

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