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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…

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    Conception to Birth – Books

    Questions often follow the announcement of an expected sibling in our home.  Questions about conception, the baby’s development and impending birth.   Sometimes the children are too young to remember our previous answers and sometimes they are simply wanting reminding or more depth appropriate to their age development.  A sibling’s birth is a wonderful opportunity to revisit this topic and answer any questions your child may have.  Books can provide a gentle way to answer general questions and provide an atmosphere for more indepth discussions.  Most ‘birds and bees’ questions I prefer to answer directly, finding conversation more satisfying than books in this area, however we do have a small collection of…

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    Term in Review – ‘Triffic Thursday

    This term we delved a little into Space, truly it is such a vast topic. The best books we found on the topic were by Seymour Simon. The information is fascinating and informative and the layout with eyecatching pictures makes his books an enjoyable read. The Stars The Sun and Destination: Jupiter gave us our introduction. For studying the moon we read So That’s How the Moon Changes Shape!- Allan Fowler for the little ones and picture books The Sea of Tranquility by Mark Haddon and I Wish I’d Gone to the Moon with Neil Armstrong- Leonie Young. Along with these we used Dinah Zikes’s Great Science Adventure, The World…