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Feb 22 2010

Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! by Loretta Barnard et al.

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A great BIG book of Aussie legends, icons and animals. Ill. by Gregory Rogers. Random House Australia, 2009.
(Age 10+) A bindup edition combines several books into one volume. Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! contains three previously published titles - 30 Australian legends and icons, 30 amazing Australian animals and 30 Australian sports legends. The result is a feast of information about everything from Phar Lap and ghost bats to Australian Rules Football.
Each topic is presented in a short article accompanied by black and white pen and wash illustrations. The short sentences are written in an easy, conversational style. Sub-headings make the information more accessible and additional information is provided in 'breakout boxes'. Although there are no references or websites listed for the 'Legends icons' section, readers can investigate the recommended websites related to animals and sport.
Three books within the same cover do not automatically make a single work, especially in this case as the original title pages and tables of contents have been retained. The publisher has partially overcome the problem by adding an index to the entire volume. However, a combined table of contents might have helped readers to locate the beginning of each of the original titles.
The size of this paperback 3-in-one combo makes browsing a challenge as the pages do not stay open of their own accord. A determined reader will manage by holding the book open with both hands.
Students who learn how to navigate their way around Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! will find information to intrigue them and a useful starting point for research activities.
Elizabeth Bor

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