Poems you can’t live without from Australia’s literary treasure chest!.
Australian poets have a wonderful way with words and their poems bring to life the iconic Aussie characters and unforgettable landscape that are part of our Australian heritage. Many of these - Mulga Bill, Clancy of the Overflow, The Ant Explorer, M'Dougal, The Shearer's Wife and Mr Smith - are larger than life. And the poets who created them - AB Patterson, CJ Dennis, Thomas E Spencer, Louis Esson and DH Souter - have become heroic figures in our pantheon of stars.
The 60 poems in this collection appear in their original, or near original, form and are wide-ranging in their subject matter: animals, the countryside, the struggle of bush life, early transport, sport, growing old, being young and having fun with words! But whether they are humorous, serious or playful, they are simply a joy to read!
No matter if we grew up reciting these classic poems at school, quote from them on important occasions or are meeting them for the first time, there is no doubt that these classic poems embody what it is to be Australian.
Edited by Christopher Cheng and illustrated by Gregory Rogers.
About the Author
Christopher Cheng is an accomplished children's author who writes fiction and non-fiction full time, conducts workshops and visits schools. He has a Master of Arts in Children's Literature and has been a Literacy Ambassador for the Federal Government's Literacy and Numeracy Week initiative. He is also an ambassador for the 2012 National Year of Reading.
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Comments about Classic Australian Poems:
A wonderful selection of poems that are touching, sad, amusing, entertaining and witty. Would appeal to anyone even remotely interested in poetry or verse, or interested in Australian history. Lots of charming anecdotes and short biographies are provided with the poetry.
It is an easy and entertaining read that can be dipped in and out of. It is pitched at children but has broad appeal across all ages. Good little reference book.
I have sent several copies to overseas family and friends - all of whom have loved it.
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st November 2011
Publisher: Random House Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 15.0 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.38