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An Aussie Year

An Aussie Year celebrates 12 months in the lives of Australian children.

Author Tania McCartney has chosen to focus on five adorable characters; Ned, Zoe, Lily, Kirra and Matilda. All from different areas and backgrounds, the five children provide wonderful depth to this depiction of Australia.

My, oh my, it is fun!

Organised month by month quirky spirals of text float around each page.  Every month is dotted with vibrant images and informative snippets of text - ‘Swallows swoop and Kookaburras cackle’ are enjoyed in May, NAIDOC week is celebrated in July, and of course Book Week gets a mention in August.

Each time you come back to this book, you’ll delight in spotting something new. Every month is packed with all the delights Australia has to offer its inhabitants.

A stylish colour palette dominates Tina Snerling’s illustrations. The ‘blossoms pop’ illustration is my fav, I absolutely need that one framed on my wall!!

Do you adore endpapers in picture books as much as I do? Endpaper lovers are going to adore An Aussie Year.

They are pure delight, an extra sneaky treat squeezed into the best picture books.

Oh yes, as soon as readers pull back the cover they are greeted by a smorgasbord of Tina Snerling’s beautiful images. Small square images depicting the many facets of life in Australia pop off those pages, a wonderful reflection of the book’s content.

An Aussie Year has an energy which I love.

Serving as both a celebration of Australia and a learning tool, this picture book is a keeper.

We managed to snaffle a coveted place on An Aussie Year's humongous virtual tour, make sure you check out the full schedule here.

For your chance to win a copy of An Aussie Year in My Book Corner's latest competition, click here.

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Meet Ned, Lily, Zoe, Kirra and Matilda. They are keen to take you on a journey through a year in the life of Australian kids – from cultural celebrations to traditions and events, to our everyday way of life. An Aussie Year is a picture book bursting with national pride. It is a snapshot of who we are as a nation, covering our melting-pot culture, lifestyle and traditions. Its pages feature trailing, meandering text, dates and gorgeous illustrations showing our five Aussie children at play, at school, at home, enjoying their homeland––from the tropical north out to our rugged west. Trailing through the seasons and idiosyncrasies endemic to each month of the year, this is our Australian childhood.

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An Aussie Year 2013-11-10 04:20:34 Jodie McA
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Reviewed by Jodie McA    November 10, 2013

Jelly beam delightful

This book is lovely on so many levels. First the jelly bean delightful illustrations that have me smiling right from the front cover, next the fact that kids can easily follow a month to month storyline with recognisable highlights and, perhaps best of all, the fact that these highlights are shared amongst some of the many cultures that make Australia unique. If highlighting and sharing culture and diversity is important to you, your family or school group / class than this book is a must have. Beautifully put together - I love the gorgeous scrap bookish layout, the catchy and familiar text ( huntsman spiders the size of tennis balls) and the absolutely to die for illustrations. Can't wait for Tania and Tina's next collaboration.

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Thanks for your enthusiastic response Jodie, so pleased you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Love your description "the jelly bean delightful illustrations"


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