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    ‘Traveling’ to Australia’s ‘Top End’

    This week we ‘traveled’ to the Northern Territory. Unfortunately we were unable borrow the core book, Nardika Learns to Make a Spear by Chris Fry but we used all the extension books:) Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo – Alison Lester Ernie is a city boy who moves to the Arnhem Land for a year. He flies over the desert for hours, travels over the floodplains, crosses the East Alligator River and arrives in Arnhem Land. He writes back home to his friends telling of the seasons, of the everyday simple amusements, of the cultural life of the children of Arnhem Land. Interesting, informative and flows naturally. Held the attention of…

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    We’re ‘Traveling Around Australia’

    Today we started our ‘travels’ around Australia with the aid of Downunder’s Australian Book Traveler. An easy picture book tour of our nation. The first core Travel book is The Australia Book by Eve Pownall. This is a meaty book chock full of Australian history, we used it earlier in the year for our history studies. It contains so much information we never finished. To be totally honest I thought it too long for our travel needs. So instead we substituted with Possum Magic by Mem Fox. Possum Magic tells the story of Hush and Grandma Poss. The travel Australia in search of the magic to make Hush visible again.…

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    Ranger’s Apprentice Cloaks

    Ranger’s Apprentice is all the rage here. As part of their Christmas gifts the older children received Ranger’s Apprentice cloaks. Originally I was inspired by Kimberlee’s Josiah’s cloaks but I made a few adaptions. For those keen like my friend Charlotte I’ll endeavour to explain how I made ours. 1- Measure from the top of your child’s head to where on the body you wish the cloak to finish. Allowing for roughly an extra 6cm/2,1/2inches for the hood. My children informed me AFTER I made them that they would have preferred full length to the ground as Will’s must be that long to hide full length with his feet hidden.…

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    Author Fiesta – A month of Mem Fox

    Last month we embarked upon the Author Fiesta party Cay is hosting. As previously shared the author for June and July is Mem Fox. For our family we have brought the party to a halt as, truthfully, we have run out of books. Borrowing from friends, the library and our own collection unearthed the following: – Possum Magic – Koala Lou – Hunwick’s Egg – Wombat Devine – Bears Sleep Tight – Where is the Green Sheep? – Fools and Feathers – Hatie and the Fox – Time For Bed – Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge – Time for Bed – Magic Hat – Night Noises – Grandpa’s Shoes – Harriet…

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    Author Fiesta – Mem Fox

    As I shared previously we are jumping in and participating in Author Fiesta. This month’s author is Mem Fox. I am going to be really honest here and share that when I was first introduced to Mem Fox a couple of years ago I wasn’t that thrilled. The storyline of the books I read didn’t really grab me nor did the illustrations. I share this because I had a conversation with an irl friend this week who confessed the same reaction. I encouraged her to try Mem Fox again, why? Because I no longer have the same opinion as previously, I can now see the magic of Mem Fox’s words.…

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    Author Fiesta – Patricia Polacco

    Over at Author Fiesta Cay is hosting a Book Fiesta. Every month a favorite children’s author will be featured. For the month of May the author was Patricia Polacco. Cay kindly supplied us with a boolist of books by Polacco. Our library had three which we enjoyed reading, Applemando’s Dreams and and and we also own Cay kindly pointed us in the direction of hearing My Rotten Redheaded Older brother online, read by Melissa Gilbert. This was a huge success with the children. Thank you Cay. If you are looking for further ideas and inspiration Joann at Ten Kids and a Dog is enthusiastically enjoying Author Fiesta and is amazing…

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    Redwall Abbey

    For a number of years now the dc have been avid Redwall fans. Not only do we have the entire set of Brian Jacques’ books but they are collecting ‘extras’ as they each want their own set. A couple of years ago their friends also caught the Redwall bug. One holidays, friends decided to host a ‘Redwall Feast’. Excitement was high as we outfitted everybody in costumes. We included characters such as Rakkety Tam, Martin the Warrior, Tess the Churchmouse and Prince Charming made a lovely Log-a-Log. Bows were made and archery skills were sharpened. Many a visit was made to the Redwall Kitchen for recipes. We made a Hot…