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A Year on Our Farm - Penny Matthews

Paperback

Published: 1st August 2003
For Ages: 4 - 7 years old
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Every month of the year there are jobs to do on a small Australian farm. Fruit ripens, lambs are born, hay is harvested. 'A Year on our Farm' shows the passing of the seasons through the eyes of the children for whom the farm and all its animals is home.

This delightful picture book won the Children's Book Council of Australia award for Book of the Year: Early Childhood.

About the Author

Penny Matthews is a freelance writer and editor based in Adelaide. She has written three junior novels, several chapter books for beginning readers, and picture books for all age groups. Her picture books include Pudding and Chips (a Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book in 2005), Little Red Bear (shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards in 2004) and A Year On Our Farm, which was the CBCA's 2003 Book of the Year (Early Childhood) and an Honour Book in the Picture Book of the Year awards. In 2010 Something About Water was joint winner of the Wilderness Society's Environment Award for Children's Literature. A Girl Like Me, her first young adult novel, was also a 2010 CBCA Notable Book and won the Sisters in Crime's 2011 Davitt Award for Young Adult Fiction.

As well as being an author of note, Penny is a much-valued member of the Books for Children and Young Adults team at Penguin Australia. She co-ordinates and edits the highly regarded Puffin Aussie Bites and Nibbles program.

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A Year on Our Farm
 
4.7

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  • Deserves multiple readings (3)
  • Easy to understand (3)
  • Informative (3)
  • Relevant (3)
  • Well written (3)

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5.0

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Relevant
  • Well Written

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    Comments about A Year on Our Farm:

    It is very hard to find a book that is informative, interesting and refers to our every day life in ways that my children understand. For my family (we live in country QLD on a cattle station), this book is so relevant to our every day situation. The children love reading this book and relating it back to the things we do on a daily basis. We read this book almost daily, and have done for almost 2 years. (Children 4yrs and 2yrs) Definitely our favourite book. Beautiful illustrations and very well written.

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    4.0

    Great Australian farm story

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    from North Coast NSW

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      Comments about A Year on Our Farm:

      True to life. Hard to find farm stories set in Australia. Excellent for city children who have no idea about country life. Teaches awareness and appreciation of farm animals.

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      5.0

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      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Understand
      • Informative
      • Inspirational
      • Relevant
      • Well Written

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        • Younger Readers

        Comments about A Year on Our Farm:

        An excellent book about what happens on a farm each month -including basic life and death issues - with brilliant pictures. Our children love it (aged 2 & 4) and we have shared it with lots of friends who also enjoy it.

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        ISBN: 9781862914926
        ISBN-10: 1862914923
        Audience: Children
        For Ages: 4 - 7 years old
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 32
        Published: 1st August 2003
        Publisher: Scholastic Australia
        Country of Publication: AU
        Dimensions (cm): 27.1 x 24.7  x 0.4
        Weight (kg): 0.19