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Non Fiction Books

ISBN numbers indicate the books in print.

Bilby Secrets

Bilby Secrets, ill. Mark Jackson, 2011, Walker Books Australia ('Nature Story Books')
ISBN: 978 1 9215 2932 0
Narrative non-fiction for ages 5-10 years.

Exciting news! Bilby Secrets has been shortlisted in the Children's Book Council of Australia Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, 2012.

Little Bilby, an endangered mammal, is born in a burrow in the spinifex of the Pilbara in Western Australia. He sleeps safely in his mother's pouch until he has grown large enough to explore the burrow – two metres underground. Soon he grows up and accompanies his mother on foraging trips, learning about predators and how to avoid danger. At last he grows up. Mark Jackson's splendid illustrations reveal the secrets of Little Bilby's life.

'Nature Story Books' feature two kinds of text on each double-page spread: a lyrical text and a descriptive one – each in a different font. Bilby Secrets is the first to be published in Australia in 'Nature Story Books', a well-known Walker UK series.

Edel is interested in endangered animals worldwide, and her favourite is the bilby. Before English settlers arrived, bilbies lived nearly everywhere in Australia. Soon settlers imported a few rabbits, and they multiplied - fast. As a kid, on a sheep farm in northern Victoria, Edel saw rabbits every day. Imagine bilbies instead! Which chocolates does she buy at Easter – bunnies or bilbies? Guess!

Check Teachers' Notes for classroom activities and sing Bilby Song. See Mark Jackson's website: www.jackpot-art.com and further Teachers' Notes on: www.walkerbooks.com.au. Read A Bilby Round-up, describing many bilby books: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, activity books and audio-visual resources.

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Christina's Matilda
Edel with friends at the launch of Christina's

Hon. Ted Baillieu, Premier of Victoria with Edel Wignell (left) and Elizabeth Botté at the launch of Christina's Matilda

Christina's Matilda, illus. Elizabeth Botté, 2011, Interactive Publications (IP Kidz) Brisbane
ISBN 978 1 92147 987 8 Hbk; 978 1 92147 9885 ePub
An historical picture-story for young people aged 10-16 years.

Waltzing Matilda! Waltzing Matilda!
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?

Everyone knows the words, and many people know that the Australian poet 'Banjo' Paterson wrote them. But how many people know the origin of the tune?

In 1894 a young Melbourne woman, Christina Macpherson, heard the Scots 'March Craigielee' played by a band at the Warrnambool Races. In 1895. she played it at her brother's home in Queensland where 'Banjo' Paterson, who was a visitor, liked it and wrote the words of the song. Soon it was famous.

In Teachers' Notes try some classroom activities. Read an article, 'Christina Matilda - A Waltz of Discovery', an interview with Edel Wignell and Elizabeth Botté at Kid's Book Capers, and segments from book reviews. Also discover Edel's participation in the Ringwood Highland Games. View a trailer on the minisite. Book orders.

Reviews

A gem of a book for all ages, especially those beginning to see that history is a demanding and stimulating discipline. Reading Time, May 2011

Edel Wignell has successfully told the story of a modest woman who made a very significant contribution to Australia. The young and not so young reader will find it a most worthwhile read.

Elizabeth Botté's beautiful, intricate and intriguing line drawings which surround most of the page borders further promote one's desire to explore and discover. The sepia tones of each page made me feel that I was stepping back into the past to gather the information. I hope the imagination of younger readers will respond in a similar way. - Jim Low, Simply Australia

Christina's Matilda would certainly be a great resource for a school project and a great discussion piece for the classroom. - Angela Hall, Bug in a Book

Reading the story of Christina's Matilda is like looking through an old scrapbook, faded with time, with sepia coloured pages and beautiful borders; pages that are filled with personal memorabilia that tell a fascinating story and shed light on the origins of 'Waltzing Matilda'. - Margaret Warnet, Buzz Words

Availability

The deluxe hard cover edition of Christina's Matilda is available from book shops in Australia and New Zealand, and can be ordered online from http://ipoz.biz/Store/orders.htm or from sales@ipoz.biz.

A paperback edition is available from Create Space, Lightning Source (Ingram International), Amazon and other online stores. It may be ordered from bookshops with access to the Bookdata and Bowkerlink databases. The book is being converted to Fixed Layout Format for the Kindle Fire and Apple iBookstore.

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, illustrated by Kim Fleming, 'Chatterbox' series (2005, Pearson Education Australia) – for ages 10-12 years. ISBN 0 7339 7086 9

Only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world still survives. Which one? Kim Fleming's amazing illustrations, give a splendid impression of how great – in size! - these wonders were.

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Three-toed Sloths

Three-toed Sloths, 'Springboard' series (2005, Macmillan Education Australia) – for ages 6-8 years. ISBN 0 7329 9623 6

These solitary endangered creatures sleep up to 19 hours a day, and move very slowly. How do they escape their enemies?

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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year, 'Springboard' series (2005, Macmillan Education Australia) – for ages 6-8 years. ISBN 0 7329 9608 2

The Chinese New Year is celebrated all around the world with special festivities, parades, music, dances and food. Enjoy.

www.macmillan.com.au

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Kangaroos

Kangaroos, 'Chatterbox' series (2004, Pearson Education Australia) – for ages 8-10 years. ISBN 012360415 X

There are more than 50 species of kangaroo - large and small. How many do you know?

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Elephants

Elephants, 'Chatterbox' series (2004, Pearson Education Australia) – for ages 8-10 years. ISBN 0 1236 0434 6

Elephants are found in Asia and Africa. Some live for 60 years! Do you know the differences between an Asian and an African elephant?

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First-Aid Handbook

First-Aid Handbook, 'Four Corners' series (2004, Pearson Education Australia/Dorling Kindersley) - – for ages 8-10 years. ISBN 0 7339 4333 0

Do you know what to do about nosebleeds, insect stings, burns, blisters…? This is step-by-step guide to help prevent accidents and handle emergencies.

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Japanese Kites

Japanese Kites, 'Chatterbox' series (2003, Pearson Education Australia) – for ages 6-8 years. ISBN 0 7339 3849 3

These kites are skilfully made and colourfully painted. Some of them are giants – as big as a two-storey house and as heavy as a large car. They need a team of 10-20 adults to fly them!

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Russian Dolls

Russian Dolls, 'Chatterbox' series (2003, Pearson Education Australia) – for ages 6-8 years. ISBN 0 7339 3843 4

Many people collect Russian wooden dolls because they are created in sets – the dolls fitting inside each other - and they are beautifully painted. It's fascinating to see how they are made.

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Bison

Bison, 'Chatterbox' series (2003, Pearson Education Australia) – for ages 6-8 years. ISBN 0 7339 3835 3

The bison is North America's largest land mammal – almost 2metres tall, 3.8 metres long and weighing 910 kilograms. Once it roamed across the continent in millions! What is its future?

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Pandas

Pandas, 'Chatterbox' series (2003, Pearson Education Australia) – for ages 6-8 years. ISBN 0 7339 3850 7

The giant panda and the red panda are among the world's rarest creatures. The gentle giant panda spends most of its time on the ground, and the red panda lives in the tree tops. Will they survive?

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Meet the Beasties!

Meet the Beasties! 'Scooters' series (2001, Barrie Publishing/Macmillan Australia) - for ages 6-8 years. ISBN 1 74065 262 2

A million million million insects are alive in the world every day! Meet some of them, including flies, mosquitoes and fleas.

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Marvellous Horses

Marvellous Horses, illustrated by Rachel Tonkin, (2000, Simon & Schuster Australia) – for ages 10 years to adult.

If you see a white horse, spit three times! If you see a horse shoe, throw it over your shoulder and make a wish! Some horse superstitions in folklore are still alive today. This book includes fantastic flying, speaking and shape-changing horses in myth, legend, folk tale, superstition, religion and art.

 

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Mischief Makers

Mischief Makers, illustrated by Heather Campbell, 'Spectrum Library' series (1989; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Australia) – for ages 8-10 years.

Have you ever played a practical joke? This book tells you about April Fools' Day, when people in many parts of the world make mischief and celebrate.

 

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A Bogy Will Get You!

A Bogy Will Get You! illustrated by Dale Grant, 'Spectrum Library' series (1990, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Australia) - for ages 8-10 years.

Bogies are creatures from the fairy world. They lurk in houses, gardens, fields, water, dark places, lonely roads... They try to trick or frighten you. So watch out! Be good – or a bogy will get you!

 

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Battlers of the Great Depression

Battlers of the Great Depression, 'Spectrum Library' series (1990, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Australia) – for ages 10-12 years.

How did people live during the Great Depression of the 1930s? Thousands left the cities and tramped the roads or rode freight trains looking for work, a meal, a place to stay – before moving on again.

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Saving Wildlife

Saving Wildlife, illustrated by Rosie Heritage, 'Spectrum Library' series (1990, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Australia) – for ages 10-12 years.

Possum tunnels, nesting boxes, wildlife corridors, whale counting, decoy gannets, backyard nature diaries… There are many imaginative ways of saving wildlife from extinction.

 

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The Portland Fairy Penguins

The Portland Fairy Penguins, 'Spectrum Library' series (1990, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Australia) – for ages 10-12 years.

This is the true story of how scientists, other adults and children living in Portland (coastal Victoria, Australia) worked to ensure that the fairy penguins of the area survived.

 

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What's Your Hobby?

What's Your Hobby? illustrated by June Joubert, 'Southern Cross' series (1987, Macmillan Education Australia) – for ages 8-10 years.

Edel Wignell asked children all around Australia to tell her about their hobbies. Some sent photos and illustrations, as well as descriptions, and many were published in this book.

 

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Born to Lead

Born to Lead, 'Reading Rigby' (1986, Rigby Education)

Do you know P.A.T dogs? P.A.T. means Pets as Therapy. These are dogs specially trained to help people – young and old - with impairments, such as deafness and cerebral palsy. The P.A.T. program was started by the Royal Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

 

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Swagmen and Sundowners

Swagmen and Sundowners, Carrying the Swag, Tucker, illustrated by Jon Crawley, 'On the Track' Series of three booklets and three 3 cassettes (Side A - actor, Side B - author), (1985, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) – ages 8-10 years.

In the 19th century, workman walked the countryside looking for work. They carried a pack, or swag, on their backs, and were called 'swagmen', or 'swaggies' for short. These three books include stories, newspaper reports, poems, songs and many jokes about swaggies.

For further information about swagmen of the 19th century, see the collection, A Bluey of Swaggies. (Collections)

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