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    Books Read Aloud – January Thru May, 2016

    Each month I have intentions of writing and sharing scintillating reviews of the books I’ve read that month, the embarrassing truth though is, the sheer amount of books I devour is daunting so I abandon my post midway and return to reading. Perhaps I should adopt Modern Mrs Darcy’s approach and share, “three books I love, one I hate.”   ‘Diving in’ by sharing some of the books I’ve been reading aloud with our children, certain we’ve read more but my record keeping has been patchy. We have a number of books being simultaneously read from our two/three reading baskets due to our children’s wide age spread, whilst there is much ‘cross over’ of listening with…

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    Ponny the Penguin

    How can it be six months since I last shared a book review! Rest assured that we love books as much as ever, so many books I’ve intended on sharing but alas when you don’t ‘seize the moment’ the momentum is lost.  Trying also to ‘tone it down’ a little for my readers who weren’t keen on too many book reviews. Today I’d love to share Ponny the Penguin by Veronica Basser with you, Ponny has long been a part of our family culture. I first read this gem to our adult children over a decade ago, enjoyed it with our ‘middle set’ several years later and now have delighted in introducing Ponny to another…

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    Nature Picture Books for Little Ones

    Whilst discovering a lovely selection of nature picture books for the older child recently we also discovered some treasures for the under 5s. In the Pond – Anna Milbourne The storyline follows a tadpole as it grows into a frog, encountering other pond life along the way; a fish, ducklings and dragonflies.  Text is simple but plenty of information for little ones.  Lovely, bright pictures. Recommend. In the Nest – Anna Milbourne The book captures the first days and weeks of a nest of baby birds. The parents build a nest, lay eggs, eat seeds and bugs and the babies grow feathers, learn to fly, feed themselves and gain independence Informative…

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    Nature Picture Books for the 5 to 10s

    As part of our Leap into Literature focus we recently discovered a whole slew of Nature picture titles, books of sufficient depth and interest for our 5-9yr olds. A Butterfly is Patient – Diana Hutts Ashton Charlotte’s alert had me checking our library and we were thrilled with this book.  Lots of informative information about butterflies accompanied by gorgeous illustrations!!  The children were so inspired they went outside butterfly hunting immediately, using the internet for identification, as sadly as the book is American it didn’t help us identify our butterflies.  Still it inspired an awareness and interest.  Highly recommended. An Egg is Quiet- Diana Hutts Ashton Again plenty of information with incredible illustrations,…

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    Australian Picture Bird Books

    Sharing some recent and not so recent picture bird book reads. Where’s my Mum – Susan Hall A lift the flap book, that takes the reader on a search as the baby bird looks for his mum.  We meet several Australian birds on the way. Surprisingly informative, lovely illustrations. Recommended. The Best Nest – Penny Olsen Before the robins begin to build their nest they visit all their friends to see which is the best design. Each bird feels their nest is the best, but the robins don’t feel any are right for them.  Informative with lovely illustrations. Recommended. The Bush Concert – Helga Visser The countryside is in drought,…

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    Our Favourite Australian Bird Books

    Many months ago I promised Katydid a post on our favourite living Australian bird books.  Katydid this post is dedicated to you, though alas as all our favourites are out of print I’m not sure how successful you will be in finding these in America. Also be sure to check out Jeanne’s list including one in print! Michelle’s Homeschooling Downunder’s Bird List also includes yet more titles. We’re huge fans of all nature books written by Leslie Rees, though some are better written than others.  Short chapter books with detailed illustrations. The Story of Kurri Kurri the Kookaburra – Leslie Rees The story opens with the hatching of Kurri Kurri and his siblings on…