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Jul 15 2016

Rockhopping by Trace Balla

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Allen and Unwin, 2016. ISBN 9781760112349
(Age: 9+) Highly recommended. In Rockhopping, readers will learn about the geography of The Grampians, some history, some Aboriginal culture and the variety of animals and plant life of the area. Clancy and his Uncle Egg are on a walking trip through The Grampians, Victoria. As the two travel, they see wonderful flora and fauna, meet other travellers and hear about Aboriginal connections to the land. When Uncle Egg's backpack rolls down the hill, Clancy tries to rescue it but finds himself alone. Will Uncle Egg make it to Clancy before nightfall? Will Clancy find shelter while he waits?
Rockhopping is told through amazing illustrations, speech bubbles and text boxes. The flora and fauna in every detailed picture is labelled, enabling readers to identify the different species. It is a lovely story of a deep friendship between uncle and nephew, of adventure and discovery and how to appreciate your natural surroundings. The text will suit readers aged 9+ but the book is highly recommended to all readers including adults. Discover things about The Grampians, share it with overseas friends or read it in the classroom as part of Science and Geography.
Kylie Kempster

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