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An Aussie Year

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My brain is fried at the moment. I think it’s a mix of birthing a baby, a lack of sleep and just that new-mama-have-you-seen-my-brain stage that happens. I handed Lacey this beautiful book to read while I breastfed and she said the cutest things about it. I laughed so hard I snorted.

I told myself that I should write them down so I could share in this post. I promised myself that I didn’t need to write them down because I’d remember. And here I am and I can’t for the life remember. Has anyone seen my brain?

Seriously. I lost it about 2 months ago and haven’t seen it since.

Moving on.

This book is beautiful. It’s a year in the life of Australian kids. And while the world we live in can be quite Americanised {not a word, but you know what I mean} as you’ll probably well know with Halloween just around the corner {i.e. WHEN did we all start doing Halloween??} this book is beautifully Australian, perfect for our little Aussie kids.

Here’s a sneak peek of inside:

FMS page peek January

And this is what the book is about:

Meet Ned, Lily, Zoe, Kirra and Matilda––three Aussie kids keen to take you on a journey through a year in the life of Australian children, 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 to our rugged west.

Trailing through the seasons and idiosyncrasies endemic to each month of the year, this is Our Australian Childhood.

I happen to know one of the talented creators, Tania McCartney who wrote the book along with Tina Snerling who married her beautiful illustrations with the words. It really is a wonderful piece of work that the kids will read over and over again, finding new delights in the images each time. Read more about it here.

I’m going to be giving away a copy on my Facebook page today, so pop over and enter.

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  • Andrea Hay

    Psst! ‘Americanised’ is very much a word 🙂

  • JB

    Cool! I’m going to Black Cat Book Shop on the weekend to pick one up.

  • Jen

    What a fab looking book – I think I’ll have to track it down!

  • Hang on, Meet Ned, Lily, Zoe, Kirra and Matilda––three Aussie kids…

    Isnt that 5?

    • clareb

      I was thinking exactly the same thing….

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Looks fantastic! I’ll have to get it to read to my class! Thanks xx