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Matilda Bone by Karen Cushman pb gc $3….

A Lively Oracle : A Centennial Celebration Of P.L. Travers Creator of Mary Poppins edited by Ellen Dooling Draper and Jenny Koralek pb *AS NEW $5.…Everyone knows Mary Poppins―at least her Disneyland version―but how many know her creator was a brilliant, mysterious woman with many other fascinating accomplishments? If you loved Mary Poppins and were also intrigued by the movie “Saving Mr. Banks,” I think you will love this book.The essays are beautifully written and the book also contains some wonderful correspondence between Julie Andrews and Pamela Travers. After learning more about Travers, it's no wonder that that you may be so captivated by her character of Mary Poppins! She was a child of the Australian outback, actress, author, seeker, lover of myth, and mystic. You will be so glad to know her a little more through this book. High school through adult.

Praying the Liturgy of The Hours : A Personal Journal by Fr. Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V. pb ec $4….

Shakespearean Tragedies (Illustrated by Photographs 1929) includes Hamlet; Macbeth; Othello; and Romeo & Juliet leather bound  gc $8….PENDING

Felicity Dances : A Children’s Tale about the Ballet by Arnold L. Haskell (pub. In 1957) hb gc $4…. The author states in the Preface that " Felicity Dances is a "true story." Every day little girls in London, New York, or Sydney see a ballet performance and suddenly decide they would like to become dancers-and they do, often to find success like Felicity Ann and Ruth Ellen in this book. They meet the sort of people these girls do, and have similar experiences. There is no need of any magic lamp or even a fairy godmother, but of natural aptitude and a great deal of very hard work.

Penny and the Kingdom by the Lake by Winifred Dwyer hb gc $2….A charming story which children will love, and grown ups should ponder. For it has a spiritual lesson for all of us. It is a delightful book giving a sound teaching through the gnomes and fairies. The author hopes many people read it themselves and their children! 

The Fisher Boy by Lavinia Derwent hb ec $2….https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/The-Fisher-Boy-by-Lavinia-Derwent-Wren-Books-Vintage-Childrens-Fiction-/311415820148….Lavinia Derwent's fabulous stories of Magnus Macduff and his life on Sula in the Hebrides make the Scottish islands come alive for both children and adults alike.

Windmill Hill by Wyn Brocklebank hb wdj gc $7….PENDING....An endearing story about growing up, changing attitudes, and finding family. Tam has never known her father, who left her with her Aunt and Uncle after the death of her mother. This has never been a cause for concern for her though, because they love her as their own and she is perfectly content.We see her making friends, discovering her love for animals can lead to employment after school and eventually finding her father and reconciling with him.A lovely story for children, and a quick diversion for mums that still pick up the same books their children enjoy. Well written, and a quick read. 

The Sandman and the Turtles by Michael Morpurgo hb wdj ec $4….Mike can't wait for his summer holiday with his grandad. He enjoys listening to his grandad's stories, although he thinks Polly is silly for saying they are true. But this summer Dadci's stories really do come alive, and Mike has his best summer ever.A lovely, old fashioned and heart warming story. Classic Morpurgo.

Up The Frozen River by Robin Moore hb wdj $4… .

The Forbidden Garden by Rita Coatts hb wdj  (vintage book 1948) $6….A mystery story which holds the reader’s attention throughout. Madge Carlton, the daughter of two stars of the cinema, is plunged into a backwater of English life, and finds on the estate of her severe guardian aunt a walled garden she is not allowed to enter. Other children come to live on the adjoining property; and at once begins a series of adventures which prove to Madge that truth can be as thrilling as the film screen. 

Return To Hawk’s Hill by Allan W. Eckert hb wdj ec $3.....

Just David by Eleanor H. Porter (author of Pollyanna) hb (Vintage Book with etched cover published 1916) ec $12….this is review by Sally Clarkson - Just David struck a resonant chord in our family for several reasons. First, David’s life affirms the biblical principle expressed in the proverb, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm”. David walked with his father and became wise. Also, his story reminds us of the importance of creating the right “appetite” early in our children’s lives. David’s love of music, nature and beauty were intentionally cultivated in him by his father. Finally, there is a refreshing balance in David’s life and character that provides a literary model to emulate, especially for the more artistically-inclined boy often overlooked in literature. David is artistic, yet he knows when to be realistic. He is slight of stature, yet able to handily defend himself when necessary. He is trained and mannerly, yet he is also manly. He is sensitive, yet sensible. Whatever limitations he discovers, he meets them with strength of character.This is truly one of those books that everyone in your family will like, and will likely want to hear or read more than once. It has even inspired us to have Just David days for our children when we focus on the beautiful and lovely things God has given us to enjoy. Just David is just great.

Horrible Histories : The Smashing Saxons and the Stormin’ Normans by Terry Dear and Martin Brown pb ec $5…

Horribly Famous: DaVinci and His Super Brain by Michael Cox pb ec $5…..You've probably heard of Leonardo da Vinci... He is dead famous for: - painting the most famous picture in the world - designing the first-ever flying machine - being THE all-round fabulous Renaissance Man. But have you heard that Leonardo: - spent ten years making a seven-metre tall horse - thought pink was the coolest colour for clothes - loved to play practical jokes? Yes, even though he's dead, Leonardo's still full of surprises. Now you can get the inside story with Leonardo's lost notebook, flick through the pages of the Milan Messenger and discover dozens of the dazzling inventions the great man dreamed up in his amazing super-brain. This book called Leonardo Di Vinci and his super brain is a biography based of his life. Leonardo Di Vinci, born in Vinci has a father who is kind of nuts because marries younger wives. He moves to Florence during the Renaissance time. He was full of imaginations and had a passion for drawing.

Our Australian Girl : Marly’s Business 1983 by Alice Pung pb gc $4…..It's 1983 . . . and Marly needs a job. She wants to buy Donkey Kong cards to swap with the other kids at school, but her parents think the cards are a waste of money. Then Marly's friend Yousra gives her an idea, and she decides to start her own business. But working on your own isn't easy, and when she catches a bus that goes in the wrong direction, it's just the start of Marly's problems!Follow Marly on her adventure in the second of four stories about a daring girl torn between two worlds.

In Between Miya by Yoshiko Uchida hb wdj gc $4….Miya Okamoto is the Japanese heroine of this delightful and touching story of a twelve-year old who is unhappy with her role as the “in-between” member of her family and longs for modern luxuries that are beyond the means of her father, the village priest. She is invited to Tokyo to spend the summer helping her aunt who is well-to-do….does her desire become a reality or does she reconsider and learn the beauty of simplicity and integrity can bring happiness? Ages 8+


The Case of the Missing Cutthroats :An Ecological Mystery by Jean Craighead George hb wdj ec $7… When Spinner and her dad go fishing for the weekend her dad promises her if she caught a whopper he would throw it back, but when she catches the family prize cutthroat trout her father keeps him. These kinds of fish are very rare in that part of the river so Spinner and her brave cousin Al set off to solve "The Case of the Missing Cutthroats”!The prize fish, a huge cutthroat trout, had been thought to be extinct in the river, and Spinner and her cousin set out to solve the mystery of how this one spectacular cut throat survived until Spinner reeled him in. This is Jean Craighead George’s fourth ecological mystery.

Parson on the Track : Bush Brothers in the Australian Outback by Ivan Southall hb ec $12…This Is The True Story Of A Courageous Missionary Venture Into The Australian Outback.The heartbreak and sacrificial struggle of mission and outreach to the Australian Outback from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century by the Brotherhood of the Good Shepherd is poignantly told in this book. Each biographical vignette focuses on the years that select individuals - gallant, heroic, flawed by different aspects of their own humanity - brought to the stark western plains beyond Bathurst and Dubbo. Their endurance in the face of overwhelming odds, their fleeting moments of joy and long troughs of sorrow is testament to their dedication and faith. Ages 15+

The Math Chef: Over 60 Math Activities and Recipes for Kids by Joan D’amico and Karen Each Drummond pb gc $7…..

The Land Where Stories End, as narrated by the angel depicted in ‘Madonna con Bambino e de angeli’ by Fiippo Lippi hb ec $7…..Set in Ireland at a time when the Fairyland of the pagan Celt was being supplanted by the Heaven of the Saints, and when the oak-worshipping druids converted, en masse, to Christianity…..A post-modern fable set in Dark Ages Ireland..."A king had a beautiful daughter. She was so beautiful that any man who saw her at once wanted to marry her. Well, the poor king got so fed up with this he locked his daughter in a round tower where an old monastery had once stood. ... In the end the king was forced to proclaim that any man who could open the door would have his daughter's hand in marriage and become heir to the throne. Such was the king's wealth and the reputation of his daughter's beauty that just about every man in the entire kingdom wanted to try. It wasn't long before the keyhole was damaged by people shoving things into it that didn't really belong there". Ages 12+

Rose In Bloom by Louisa May Alcott hb wdj gc $8….

The Scarlet U by Wilhelm Matthiessen hb wdj $8….

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart pb gc $5…..

A Ridiculous Idea by Elizabeth Wilton hb gc $10….The adventures of a Quaker 5 Quaker children who sail from England to Australia to join their father in the 1830s. (We have a copy) And from me, our family loved this story…I don’t want to spoil it by telling you hoe the children get to go to Australia, but I will say we didn’t want mum to put the book down….and if she did we would try to find where she hid the book!!!! It is a great story! 

(Picture Book) The Butcher, The Beagle and The Dog Catcher by Christobel Mattingley and Carol McLean-Carr pb gc $4…This is an old-fashioned story of a kindly small-town butcher, Mr Worthy, who feeds the birds, the cats, the dogs - and of course the people. The dogs of the town know how to avoid the mean-spirited dog-catcher. Even Belle the old beagle who loves lying in the sun is able to evade him easily. But the dog-catcher is determined that Belle is going to be his example and that neither Mr Worthy, nor Belle, is going to flout the law any longer. Fine watercolour illustrations by Carol McLean-Carr really enhance the substantial text. True-to-life, satisfying story told  superbly by Christobel Mattingley, one of Australia’s best-known authors for children and illustrated beautifully with colour, action and humour….. 

(Picture Book) Nico’s Octopus by Caroline Pitcher & Nilesh Mistry pb gc $7….When Nico rescues an octopus caught in a fisherman's net, his parents think it's a strange choice of pet. Nico keeps it in a tank, feeds it crabs and small fish and soon discovers that his octopus is extremely clever - amazing, amusing and always surprising. It can pull a cork from a bottle and drill a hole in a shell with its beak. But the worst thing in the world happens: Nico's octopus gets ill, and when his friend the old fisherman tells him why, it's sad news, but wonderful too...teach readers about the life cycle of an elusive ocean-dweller in this agreeable story of a boy with a pet octopus. Set in what appears to be Greece, the book opens as Nico spies "an alien" in a fisherman's net: "It had rays of pink light streaming out behind it."The book teaches a lot about octopus and also life cycles, and just about life. Included is a page with information about Octopuses….a project looks good! Ages 7+ 

(Picture Book) Once Upon a Time by Niki Daly pb gc $4….This is a precious little book about a girl who has a fear of speaking and reading aloud and the classmate and grandmother who believe in her. The grandmother is a wonderful role model, someone who gives her adventures and lets her be herself without any pressures. It is clear that her constant presence is a strong part of what gives her the strength to be brave at the end. Her reward is not popularity but friendship from people who appreciate her as she is. This book is set in South Africa, this is a great book to encourage practicing in order to improve reading skills. Ages 6+

The Danger Zone: Avoid Becoming an Egyptian Pyramid Builder! By Jacqueline Morley pb ec $5….The humorous cartoon-style illustrations and the narrative approach encourage readers to get emotionally involved with the characters, aiding the understanding of everyday life and religion in Ancient Egypt and the building techniques used for such monumental structures. Informative captions, a comprehensive glossary and an index make this title an ideal and fun introduction to the conventions of non-fiction texts.You would not want to be an pyramid builder in Ancient Egyptian …or would you? This historical, non-fiction picture book, describes the life of a pyramid builder--from the poor life and work conditions to the mummification process. Interesting facts that will keep kids entertained while learning . Though some of the text is conveyed in paragraph form, there are also simple facts and vocabulary interwoven within the full-page, semi-cartoon like illustrations. This additional text creates an easy to read format, while the pictures help to explain the unique concepts and terms. 

(Picture Book) Moses the Kitten by James Herriot pb gc $5…..The storytelling magic of James Herriot has become a warm, joyful part of our children's lives. In Moses the Kitten, Herriot tells the tale of a tiny, bedraggled kitty found tucked beside a frozen pond, who is nursed back to health on a nearby farm. This is a childhood favourite,  (for most of us)….one thing you will like as we do are the true life illustrations , truly lovely…..I recommend the James Herriot books to any child with an interest in animals. unit study or activities from here: https://www.homeschoolshare.com/james_herriot_mbt.php : https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/moses-the-kitten-by-james-herriot/

(picture book) My Grandfather’s War by Glyn Harper & Jenny Cooper hb *AS NEW* $8…..Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Khe Sanh (the Vietnam War's longest battle), it also sheds light on a war that is not always remembered in the same way that the world wars.  A poignant story about a Vietnam veteran and his granddaughter, as she discovers how war affects all those who serve. The award-winning team of Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper share this poignant story about a Vietnam veteran and his relationship with his granddaughter.

(Picture Book) Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin hb wdj *AS NEW* $15…Of all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied." — Wilson Bentley (1865–1931)From the time he was a small boy in Vermont, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentley's enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful. His story is gracefully told and brought to life in lovely woodcuts, giving children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist's vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature. Snowflake Bentley won the 1999 Caldecott Medal. Everyone believes that no two snowflakes are alike. Why? Because Wilson Bentley spent his life photographing over 6,000 of them, and never found a match. From an early age, Bentley was fascinated by snow and wanted to share its beauty. This is an excellent choice for introducing biographies to young readers, especially because it is a life story of an inspirational subject who exhibits tenacity. Any child who has cut a folded-paper snowflake will appreciate Wilson Bentley's infatuation with the beautiful and intricate designs of snow crystals. Fact-filled sidebars highlight specifics of Bentley's life and his discoveries. Ages 4-10 helps and activities, unit studies etc...: https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschool-lesson-plans/five-in-a-row/snowflake-bentley/ : https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:snowflake bentley : https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?a=1&tid=6256&s=n : https://kaysemorris.com/7-easy-snowflake-bentley-activities/ : http://www.carolhurst.com/titles/snowflakebentley.html

Usborne The Great Castle Search by Jane Bingham pb *AS NEW* $8…This book is a instantaneous way to get students interested in reading about Medieval times! It is an informational book presented in a very unique format: a hidden pictures challenge. Each page depicts a different castle, the drawings of which are based on real castles. The book gives information about when and where this kind of castle could have been found, and each page focuses on a different part of the castle. Around the large diagram of the caste are people, animals, weapons, and other objects that would have been part of this scene during that time period. There is a little excerpt about the person or object, which teach students about all of these things. The student's task is then to find these people and objects which are hidden in the large drawing. It is a clever and fun way to engage students in learning about the Middle Ages and life in a castle. Ages 7-12 (i think any age I’m 19 and I still love the Great Searches series!

Usborne First Nature Flowers by Rosamund Kidman Cox pb gc $5….This First Nature book about Flowers, by Usborne is informative, colourful and fun. With lots of information being offered, there are also activities that kids can do, like the one corner of the book is like a flip book. Fan the pages and you can see a flower bloom. There is even a fun flower ID quiz in the back. Excellent for science, nature studies. Ages 5++

Usborne First Nature Trees by Ruth Thomson pb gc $5…..This beautifully detailed, informative illustrations will appeal not only to young children, who will enjoy the experience of reading books on nature but also older children, will find the book provides them with a colourful introduction to serious nature study. Fan the pages and you can see a leaf bud open, includes activities and puzzles….Ages 5++ 

Looking After Insects (and other small creatures) by Helen Haywood hb gc $5…..Insects and other small creatures have been with us for a long time, they have managed to fill every corner of the earth, from the cold of the polar regions to the heat of the tropics. They have learnt to live in the air, on and under the ground and in fresh water….While some are harmless to us, others are of such importance that without their help no flowers or fruit would grow. They are beautiful, strange, full of zoological mystery and of absorbing interest. So little is known about many of then that any keen amateur naturalist could contribute observations scientific value, and even become a specialist through his or her own researches. Full colour pictures and diagrams. Great for an entomology study, will truly add to your nature studies this spring as insects are about to bloom forth!  This title geared toward older children 8yrs+







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