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14931
ABC book of Australian poetry, The
A rich variety of poems from classic favourites by Banjo Paterson, Henry Lawson and C J Dennis, to contemporary works by Libby Hathorn, Max Fatchen and Steven Herrick.
ISBN 9780733320194
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2010
Hathorn, Libby (comp) & Allen, Cassandra (ill)
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4016
Applesauce weather
When the first apple falls from the tree, siblings Faith and Peter know that it is applesauce weather. And that means that Uncle Arthur should be here. It seems like he needs a little more time to grieve. This is the first year without Aunt Lucy after all. This is a heartfelt tale about the strength and love of family and the power of a good story.
ISBN 9780763675769
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2016
Frost, Helen & Bates, Amy June (ill)
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88118
Asphalt and feathers
Be inspired to write by reading the winning poems, short stories and plays from students in Years 3-6 in the 2008 Sydney Youth Writing Competition. Participants had to include the signature words, feathers and/or asphalt, in their entries.
ISBN 9780980581102
Publisher Sydney Youth Writing Competition, Inc, 2008
Sydney Youth Writing Competition
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Beetle soup: Australian stories and poems for children
An anthology of Australian stories and poems with whimsical pictures.
ISBN 9781863885928
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1996
Morrow, Robin (comp) & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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2305
Billy that died with its boots on, The
Paying homage to the rhythms, word play and humour of Banjo Paterson and C.J Dennis the author has looked to everyday Australian activities, landscapes and people for inspiration. The 65 poems are gathered in fifteen loose groupings including animals, leisure activities, and places. Best read to or with someone.
ISBN 9781922077431
Publisher Walker Books, 2014
Whiteside, Stephen
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9271
Book of Australian ballads, The
A collection of Australian lyric poetry.
ISBN 9780333477199
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 1990
King, John Anthony
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2693
Bush Christmas, A
It's Christmas in the bush and the sun burns hotly through the gums. Down the road old Rogan comes for a bite of tucker and a beer. Mum's in the kitchen cooking up a turkey and plum pudding. A famous Australian poem revisited.
ISBN 9781742032078
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2011
Dennis, C J & Huxley, Dee (ill)
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21693
Celebrating Australia: a year in poetry
A collection of poems connected by many of the key days and celebrations throughout the year in Australia. It includes special days such as Chinese New Year, Harmony Day, Diwali, Ramadan and ANZAC Day, as well as important days like your birthday and the first day of school.
ISBN 9781925081022
Publisher Walker Books, 2015
Marwood, Lorraine
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84
Child's dreaming
Kevin Gilbert is an Aboriginal artist and poet and his poems focus on the Australian outback, in particular, the fauna.
ISBN 9780947062972
Publisher Hyland House, 1992
Gilbert, Kevin
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4445
Children's treasury of Milligan, A
A rare and delightful collection of Spike Milligan's humour for children that includes 'Best of silly verse for kids', 'Milliganisms' and more.
ISBN 9781852278915
Publisher Viking UK, 2001
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Milligan, Spike
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Chinese Calendar Tales series
Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Chinese Calendar Tales series (8 books)
Brennan, Sarah
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48993
Cowzat
At last the true, well almost, story of how cricket was invented. Told in rollicking verse and with zany illustrations, this book will bowl you over.
ISBN 9781921136658
Publisher Windy Hollow Books, 2010
Atherton, Bruce & Redlich, Ben (ill)
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9965
Crazy classrooms
Friends and bullies, first day and last day, school dinners, playtime and staffroom stowaways. This book is all about your school so open the door and enter. Fifty fantastic poems about school that will speak to anyone who has ever started at a new school, been bullied or is just feeling a little lost at school.
ISBN 9781847805058
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2015
Cookson, Paul
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109
Do not go around the edges
Fifteen poems by an Aboriginal author are illustrated with vibrant colours and borders.
ISBN 9780958810111
Publisher Magabala Books, 1992
Utemorrah, Daisy & Torres, Pat (ill)
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21653
Dream of the thylacine, The
The last of the thylacine, or Tasmanian Tigers, died in Hobart Zoo in the late 1930s. With actual images of this animal incorporated within the text and landscapes, you can almost feel its anguished cry for freedom. The verse is powerful and succinct urging a respect for what is no more.
ISBN 9781742373836
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Wild, Margaret & Brooks, Ron (ill)
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126
Far out, brussel sprout
A collection of school yard play rhymes.
ISBN 9781741833089
Publisher Brolly Books, 2009
Factor, June & Viska, Peter (ill)
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4265
Faunaverse: Australian wildlife in poetry
How much do you know about Australian animals? Have you ever heard of the Pobblebonk who lives underground? Or how about the deadly Assassin Bug? Or maybe you are familiar with Boyd's Forest Dragon? These are just some of the weird and wonderful but 100% real animals you will meet in Faunaverse. A collection of poems aimed at educating readers about Australia's unknown and misunderstood wildlife. The poems are loaded with facts and information, perfect for curious minds of all ages. Poems are accompanied by beautiful wildlife photography by the authors.
ISBN 9780994558107
Publisher Fremantle Press, 2016
Dudley, Alexander & Sullivan, Jane
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8576
For keeps: Treasury of stories, poems and plays, A
A treasury of stories, poems and plays celebrating one hundred years of The School Magazine. Discover some of the finest writing and illustration from the pages of the longest running children's magazine in the world. Meet larrikins and chatterboxes, brave hearts and lost souls, best mates and wise elders. Encounter ghosts and fairies, monsters and aliens, a cranky parrot and a talking carrot.
ISBN 9780731387465
Publisher NSW Department of Education, 2016
Various
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9262
Groovy Greek hero raps
Heracles and Theseus are the subjects of humorous poems.
ISBN 9781841218076
Publisher Watts Publishing Group, 2002
Mitton, Tony
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1216
Guinea pig town and other animal poems
With sections on birds, Australian animals, pets, marine animals, farm animals, 'creepy crawly' ones and those in the wild, here is a huge variety of subject matter in many poetic forms including haiku, rhyming and non-rhyming verse using language to create wonderful word pictures for all who love animals as well as those who don't.
ISBN 9781922077424
Publisher Walker Books, 2013
Marwood, Lorraine & Daoud, Amy (ill)
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79983
Hate that cat
Jack is pleased that Mrs Stretchberry is his teacher again this year. The only problem is she likes cats and he hates them. Or, at least, he does until he gets to know some kittens and reads some poetry about cats.
ISBN 9780747599807
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2009
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Creech, Sharon
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6541
Hush treasure book, The
A joyous compilation of short stories, poems and artwork by 30 renowned Australian authors & illustrators. A CD of music is included.
ISBN 9781760112790
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2015
Various
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4961
Is this a poem?
This book is full of many different types of poetry. There are advertising jingles, football chants and even raps. There are also some brilliant tips to help you write poetry of your own.
ISBN 9781472920010
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2016
Stevens, Roger
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22965
Jabber-Walking
Can you walk and talk at the same time? How about Jabberwalk? Can you write and draw and walk and journal all at the same time? If not, you're in luck: exuberant, blue-cheesy cilantro man Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, is here to teach you everything he knows about being a real-life, bonified, Jabberwalking poet! Jabberwalkers write and speak for themselves and others no matter where their feet may take them - to Jabberwalk is to be a poet on the move. And there's no stopping once you're a Jabberwalker, writing fast, fast, fast, scribble-poem-burbles-on-the-run. Scribble what you see! Scribble what you hear! It's all out there - vamonos!
ISBN 9780763692643
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2018
Topics / Poetry /
Herrera, Juan Felipe
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18440
Kick in the head, A
A vibrant collection of poetry designed to introduce readers to a wide variety of poetic forms.
ISBN 9780763306625
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2005
Topics / Year 5 easy reads /
Janeczko, Paul B. & Raschka, Chris (ill)
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2321
Little fullas rap at the games
A group of Aboriginal children rap and chant their way through a day at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, and learn about their culture from their Elders.
ISBN 9780975686171
Publisher Indij Readers, 2007
Prior, Chasity & McIntosh, Kelli & Hughes, Sharon
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13144
Love that dog
Narrative poem about an endearingly unassuming, straight-talking boy who discovers the powers and pleasures of the poems studied at school with his teacher, Ms Stretchberry. He creates a poem about his new dog and writes to one of the poets.
ISBN 9780747556169
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2001
Creech, Sharon
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9272
Man from Ironbark, The
When the man from Ironbark visits the local town for a shave, chaos ensues. Because of a Sydney barber's joke on one of their men, long beards become the fashion in a small Australian settlement.
ISBN 9780006615873
Publisher Collins, 1984
Paterson, A B (Banjo)
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2789
Man from Snowy River & other verses, The
A classic collection of forty-six poems by Banjo Paterson.
ISBN 9780207191732
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 1997
Paterson, A B (Banjo)
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15320
Man from Snowy River, The
The full text of the classic poem is beautifully illustrated and includes a CD of an unabridged recording.
ISBN 9781865046952
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2004
Paterson, A B (Banjo) & Blackwood, Freya (ill)
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9261
Mighty Greek myth raps
A humorous anthology of poetry including poems on Odysseus in Greek mythology.
ISBN 9781841218113
Publisher Watts Publishing Group, 2002
Mitton, Tony
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2979
Mulga Bill's bicycle
A classic collection of humorous Australian poems.
ISBN 9780733316524
Publisher ABC Books, 2005
Paterson, A B (Banjo) & Whatley, Bruce (ill)
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14651
My country
The poem, My Country, is widely regarded as the universal statement of why Australians love their country. Stunning watercolour illustrations capture the diversity of the landscape and its colours.
ISBN 9781862917309
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Mackellar, Dorothea & McLean, Andrew (ill)
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14068
My sister has a big black beard & other quirky verses
Sisters with beards, exploding bullies, a nightmare driving test, a girl whisked away by aliens and poor old Uncle Norm who got sucked up in a lightning storm. A collection of quirky, delicious and outrageously funny poems.
ISBN 9780207200892
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2009
Ball, Duncan & Millard, Kerry (ill)
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15354
Naked bunyip dancing
Funny and, sometimes, poignant verse novel about the kids in class 6C. They get a new male teacher, a pony-tailed hippy, who helps them put on an end of year concert.
ISBN 9781741146554
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2005
Herrick, Steven
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2423
Nearly impossible dreams
Tara Finn has always loved books and reading. When she was five, she told everyone she was going to be a writer, and at age ten she has published a collection of over thirty of her poems.
ISBN 9780987209993
Publisher Green Olive Press, 2013
Finn, Tara
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7001
Nobody's boy
Ron's family is broken. He isn't able to live with his mum or dad. Now he's being fostered by his aunt who has three sons of her own. It's a chaotic, angry environment, and Ron isn't at all happy. When strangers, Rosie and Bob, offer to care for him, he jumps at the chance. It's the kind of home he's always dreamed of. There is only one thing missing. He aches to be with his dad.
ISBN 9780987255600
Publisher Celapene Press, 2012
Bates, Dianne
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6474
Note on the door
Full of warmth and humour, the poems provide snapshots of everyday family life, the fun of a beach holiday, raiding the fridge after school, fighting over whose turn it is to do the dishes, camping in the backyard and much more.
ISBN 9781921720611
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Marwood, Lorraine
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12328
On a camel to the moon
A varied collection of poems about travel from dragons on buses to visiting Jupiter. A thought-provoking anthology with fantastic illustrations.
ISBN 9781841382470
Publisher Chrysalis Books Group, 2001
Bloom, Valerie
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19321
On track
Two brothers couldn't be more different. Shaun excels at everything, both in the classroom and on the field. His younger brother, Toby, has a stumbly, fumbly body and can't do anything well. He thinks Sports Day is the worst day of the year. So, Shaun can't understand why Toby gets a laptop or why he is now being trained by Toby's coach, and coming to an elite Athletics Camp. It's just not fair.
ISBN 9780702253737
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2015
Apel, Kathryn
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5500
Our home is dirt by sea
Poetry is magical and funny, and tells stories about life. This collection includes forty-five different kinds of poems, by thirty-five Australian poets. They share, reveal and confess parts of their life experiences in passionate, angry, absurd, moving and hilarious ways.
ISBN 9781925081190
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2016
Bates, Dianne (ed)
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297
Paddock of poems, A
This is a collection of Australian poetry.
ISBN 9780140324761
Publisher Penguin, 1987
Fatchen, Max
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2027
Pearl verses the world
At school, Pearl feels as though she is in a group of one. Her teacher wants her to write poems that rhyme but Pearl's poems don't. At home, however, Pearl feels safe and loved but her grandmother is slowly fading, and so are Mum and Pearl. When her grandmother eventually passes away, Pearl wants life to go back to the way it was.
ISBN 9781921150937
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Murphy, Sally & Potter, Heather (ill)
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5372
Poems by young Australians Vol 6
Enjoy this collection of bright, witty, powerful and dark poems, written by students from five to seventeen years for The Taronga Foundation poetry prize.
ISBN 9781741664065
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2009
Petty, Ron (ed) & Grieve, Bradley Trevor (ill)
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9273
Poems in my luggage
Includes a wide variety of Australian poems - humorous, reflective, serious and wise.
ISBN 9780140342796
Publisher Puffin Australia, 1989
Thiele, Colin
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36815
Pookie Aleera is not my boyfriend
In a country town, the kids in class 6A tell their stories. Mick, school captain and sometimes trouble-maker, wants to make the school a better place, while brother Jacob just wants to fly. Shy Laura hopes to fit in with a circle of friends, while Pete struggles to deal with his grandpa's sudden death. Selina obsesses over class comedian Cameron, while Cameron obsesses over Anzac biscuits and Pookie Aleera - whoever that is.
ISBN 9780702249280
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2012
Herrick, Steven
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71498
Raps 4 little fullas
Raps and chants of appeal to Aboriginal children, written by Indigenous Australians.
ISBN 9780975686010
Publisher Indij Readers, 2004
Ross, Monkey Mark
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3064
Red pencil, The
Twelve year old Amira's dream is to go to school. But, life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the terrifying Janjaweed militia arrives. They burn her village and unleash unspeakable horrors. Amira needs to find the strength to make the long journey, on foot, to a refugee camp. Life is tough at the camp until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind and all kinds of possibilities. Verse novel about real events.
ISBN 9780316247801
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2014
Topics / Displacement /
Davis Pinkey, Andrea & Evans, Shane W (ill)
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4217
Redback mansion
A collection of well-crafted literary poems with a rural theme.
ISBN 9780864187680
Publisher Five Islands Press, 2002
Marwood, Lorraine
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3646
Revolting rhymes
Quite gory but always funny, classic tales retold in a collection for those who love their fairy tales with a satirical, and worldly twist. Meet Cinderella, a young woman who wants to marry a nice, ordinary man and Goldilocks, the house-breaker.
ISBN 9780140568240
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2001
Topics / Year 6 easy reads /
Dahl, Roald
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4135
Rich & rare
Enjoy this wonderful variety of short stories, poetry and artwork from forty-eight of Australia's best creators. Find out about a knitting needle ninja, a violin that comes to life, a cat with many names, a love that cannot be bought, an alien invasion and so much more. From humour to horror, thriller to fantasy, encompassing the past, the present and the future.
ISBN 9781925272116
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2015
Collins, Paul (ed)
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352
Sharon, keep your hair on
This is an illustrated, rhyming book with modern language and scenarios in which Sharon is marrying Jase and moving into his shed which is not quite big enough. Jase has an interesting solution to the problem.
ISBN 9780091831608
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 1996
Rubinstein, Gillian
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18436
She's all that: poems about girls
Diverse poems for girls bringing together some modern verse and some nostalgic classics. Moving and uplifting, these poems will help girls to find their place in the world.
ISBN 9780753411346
Publisher Kingfisher, 2005
Hollyer, Belinda
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3979
Sign of the seahorse, The
An aquatic, colourful gangster tale with a cautionary moral that greed is bad.
ISBN 9780140563870
Publisher Puffin USA, 1998
Base, Graeme
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7824
Star jumps
Ruby's family and the dairy farm are struggling through the drought. Life isn't easy, but Ruby is determined to do her own bit to help save her family and the farm.
ISBN 9781921150722
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Marwood, Lorraine
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32293
Tale of Chester Choi, The
Chester Choi is one bad Chinese dragon. He just loves children... eating them, that is! But Chester has a secret - he's desperately lonely and what he really wants is a friend.
ISBN 9789881888266
Series Chinese Calendar Tales series (5 of 8)
Publisher Auspicious Times, 2007
Brennan, Sarah
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13308
Tale of Oswald Ox, The
Meet Oswald Ox. Bone idle on the farm, just chewing his cud and rolling in the mud, while all the other animals are hard at work. No wonder he's in trouble! Then the winter stores go missing, and Oswald is firmly in the frame. Will wisdom and dignity triumph over meanness and greed?
ISBN 9789881888280
Series Chinese Calendar Tales series (2 of 8)
Publisher Auspicious Times, 2008
Brennan, Sarah
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26918
Tale of Pin Yin Panda, The
Pin Yin is a giant panda living in the misty Sichuan forests in China... but she isn't just any giant panda. She's got beautiful, brains and a healthy ego to match! On Chinese New Year's Eve, she makes a surprise announcement - this year is going to be The Year of the Panda. Will the tradition of a millennia be swept aside or will this practically perfect panda be put in her place?
ISBN 9789881888204
Series Chinese Calendar Tales series (6 of 8)
Publisher Auspicious Times, 2011
Brennan, Sarah
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32537
Tale of Rhonda Rabbit, The
It's 221BC, and the mighty Emperor Qin Shi Huang is not amused. Somebody or something is stealing from the royal vegetable patch! Enter Rhonda Rabbit, one very bad bunny, with extremely annoying habits and an appetite to match! Will the Emperor save his greens, or will Rhonda Rabbit live to crunch another day?
ISBN 9789881888259
Series Chinese Calendar Tales series (4 of 8)
Publisher Auspicious Times, 2010
Brennan, Sarah
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32536
Tale of Run Run Rat, The
Meet Run Run Rat - a loveable rodent with a mission. He's determined to find fame and glory when he sets out to travel the length and breadth of China. But fame and glory find him in the most unexpected way when he reaches Beijing on the eve of the Olympics Marathon.
ISBN 9789881888273
Series Chinese Calendar Tales series (1 of 8)
Publisher Auspicious Times, 2008
Brennan, Sarah
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15927
Tale of Sybil the Snake, The
Everybody adores Sybil Snake - she's beautiful, clever and extremely charming. But all is not as it seems ion the Emperor's menagerie and Sybil is more of an enchantress that meets the eye.
ISBN 9789881609816
Series Chinese Calendar Tales series (7 of 8)
Publisher Auspicious Times, 2012
Brennan, Sarah
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Tale of Temujin, The
Temujin the Tiger is the Terror of the East. He's wrought a trail of destruction and fine dining from Mongolia right up to the gates of the Grand Imperial Palace in China! But Princess Precious is pretty awful as well, with a talent for tantrums and an ear-piercing scream! Watch what happens when two irresistible forces collide!
ISBN 9789881888297
Series Chinese Calendar Tales series (3 of 8)
Publisher Auspicious Times, 2009
Brennan, Sarah
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6207
Troy Thompson's excellent poetry book
An excellent collection of clever poems. The dialogue between student and teacher in Troy's school exercise book is all written in poetry. Just like Mrs Kranke, Troy's teacher, this book will encourage a love of poetry.
ISBN 9780850918342
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 1998
Crew, Gary
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True story of Mary who wanted to stand on her head, The
A story in rhyme about a girl who wants to stand on her head. Mary attends a school where one of the school rules is never to stand on your head. Mary is very wilful and there is no stopping her.
ISBN 9781741147162
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2005
Godwin, Jane & Drahos, Zak (ill)
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6440
Ubiquitous: celebrating nature's survivors
The book's title, Ubiquitous, means something that is, or seems to be, everywhere at the same time. Through beautifully illustrated poems, this book investigates the natural world, from the single-celled bacteria and diatom to the ever-present ant and dandelion, and describes how these very special life-forms avoided extinction to become nature's survivors.
ISBN 9780618717194
Publisher Houghton Mifflin, 2010
Sidman, Joyce & Prange, Beckie (ill)
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Wabi sabi
Wabi Sabi, the little cat, sets out to find out the meaning of her name. Beautifully told and illustrated in the Japanese style with a special form of stylised Haiku poetry as a main feature.
ISBN 9780316118255
Publisher Little, Brown & Co, 2008
Reibstein, Mark & Young, Ed (ill)
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Walker book of classic poetry and poets, The
An anthology of over eighty, memorable poems by a variety of poets, William Shakespeare, Banjo Paterson, W B Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Edward Lear and Carl Sandburg. The book includes colour illustrations, biographical sketches and paintings.
ISBN 9780744582642
Publisher Walker Books, 2001
Rosen, Michael
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We're all Australians now
In 1915, Australia's much-loved bush poet, Banjo Paterson, wrote a poem as an open letter to the troops fighting in World War l.
ISBN 9780732296476
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2015
Paterson, A B (Banjo) & Wilson, Mark (ill)
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4756
What is poetry: The essential guide to reading and writing poems
Over many years as a working poet, Michael Rosen has thought a great deal about what poems are, what they can do and the pleasure that comes from writing and reading poetry. In this invaluable handbook, he shares this knowledge and experience in book form for the very first time. Starting with a detailed analysis of a number of classic poems, he offers a real "writer's guide" to writing and performing poems, as well as a wealth of technical information and tips. He then takes a fascinating look at a selection of his own poems and explains how and why he wrote them.
ISBN 9781844287635
Publisher Walker Books, 2016
Rosen, Michael
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