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Sep 07 2017

Can you find me? by Gordon Winch

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Ill. by Patrick Shirvington. New Frontier Publishing, 2017. ISBN 9781925059793
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Environment, Camouflage, Australian animals. Hidden within the pages are animals that readers will know about, and try to find as they are camouflaged within the landscape. Each double page follows the same pattern. Five lines of text describe a little of the animal's habitat and behaviour, then it is up to the reader to find the animal hidden there. Each five lines follows the same format, making it easier for younger readers to predict what is following and join in. The hidden animal will be a wonderful exercise for younger readers at home or at school. They will see what the animal is, what its habitat is and how it hides itself within that habitat.
Soft water colour and pencil illustrations will find many admirers amongst the target audience as they delve into the background of each page and look hard to find the hidden animal.
At the end of the book is a double page reprising the animals to be found within the pages, ensuring that readers will want to find out more about these animals and their place in Australia's environment.
Fran Knight

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