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Dec 09 2015

The Little Book of Australia's Big Things by Samone Bos

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Chirpy Bird, 2015. ISBN 9781760125547
Australians love road trips and as much as they love road trips they love to visit the phenomena of BIG Things. From the Big Banana at Coffs Harbour to the Big Merino in Goulburn, to a ginormous sculpture of Ned Kelly in Euroa, this is an entertaining book that will provide young readers with a list of must-visit destinations. Each icon has a three-page spread that provides quick facts about it as well as craft activities and a pop-out model. For example the Big Trout in Adaminaby, NSW suggests that the reader makes some fish bait from cheese, bread and breakfast cereal or even salmon eggs, corn and marshmallow! Must get hubby to try that next time we are there at Lake Eucumbene - it may attract what usually eludes him with more traditional lures!
With its lively illustrations, this is a celebration of Australiana and the inside of the book jacket brings them all together perfectly. It's a perfect introduction to this country of ours as many of the children will connect with some of the places and want to share their experiences. Different and fun!
Barbara Braxton

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