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Tom the Outback Mailman : Winner of the CBCA 2013 Eve Pownall Award for Information Books - Kristin Weidenbach

Tom the Outback Mailman

Winner of the CBCA 2013 Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

By: Kristin Weidenbach, Timothy Ide (Illustrator)

Hardcover

Published: 8th May 2012
For Ages: 5 - 9 years old
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Winner of the CBCA 2013 Eve Pownall Award for Information Books.

Book Description

The Birdsville Track is one of the best-known - and loneliest - tracks in Australia, and for twenty years Tom Kruse was the mailman, battling the heat, floods and mechanical breakdowns in his trusty truck, The Badger.

Based on her bestselling book, MAILMAN OF THE BIRDSVILLE TRACK, Kristin Weidenbach has written a lively, engaging version for younger readers, capturing the humour, excitement and ingenuity of a classic slice of Australia s fast-vanishing history. Timothy Ide is a South Australian illustrator with a genuine feel for the beauty and hardship of life in the Australian outback.

About the Author

Kristin is a PhD immunologist who switched to a writing career after completing postdoctoral research at Stanford University in California. As a science writer Kristin has written for Science magazine and for publications from Harvard and Stanford Medical Schools. She lives in Adelaide.

Timothy Ide is a freelance artist and court illustrator, based in Adelaide. His earlier books for children were published by Omnibus.

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4.8

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  • Deserves multiple readings (10)
  • Easy to understand (9)
  • Informative (8)
  • Well written (8)
  • Inspirational (6)

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    5.0

    What a wonderful book

    By lynne

    from Bunbury WA

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      Comments about Tom the Outback Mailman:

      One went to USA as a gift and the other went to my grandson as a Christmas gift

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      5.0

      Outback for kids.

      By Ex chalkie

      from Newcastle

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      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Understand
      • Educational For City Kids
      • Informative
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        Comments about Tom the Outback Mailman:

        My son was Nurse in charge at Birdsville hospital for a year. This book will help his young daughters to appreciate the experience which was a memorable and enjoyable highlight of his early nursing career.

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        5.0

        I certainly would buy this book again.

        By dodgey hodgey

        from toowoomba qld au

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        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Understand
        • Informative
        • Inspirational
        • Relevant
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          Comments about Tom the Outback Mailman:

          This was a gift for my grandchildren. I have always been interested in Tom Krause, and I hope my grandchildren are as well.

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          5.0

          Tom the Outback Mailman

          By Granny Annie

          from Sunshine Coast

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          • A Truly Australian Story
          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Understand
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            Comments about Tom the Outback Mailman:

            I have really enjoyed reading this story to my three grandchildren, it is a wonderful story full of great courage and endurance about a man who really understood and loved the people he served and so greatly helped in a very isolated place. The Birdsville track at that time was gruelling and savage, but this man had the fortitude to do his job and really enjoyed what he did. Fantastic Australian story.

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            5.0

            great childs book

            By red sky

            from NSW

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                Comments about Tom the Outback Mailman:

                great easy captivating for childeren

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                5.0

                Teaching early readers about our social

                By Lady Devonborough

                from Waikerie South Australia

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                  Comments about Tom the Outback Mailman:

                  This is a great teaching tool in primary schools.
                  Children are fascinated by the quirky characters along the Birdsville Track, especially Tom.

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                  5.0

                  Outback story

                  By Maggie

                  from Sydney

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                    Comments about Tom the Outback Mailman:

                    Great for children who might like to learn of what really happened in the outback - to get the mail (and other things) through before the electronic age

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                    4.0

                    Great present for friends overseas

                    By grandma

                    from Brisbane, AU

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                    • Deserves Multiple Readings
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                      • A Good One For Boys Too
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                      Comments about Tom the Outback Mailman:

                      Introduces the outback to children and also reminds expats of how their country was made.

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                      4.0

                      Excellent

                      By Sferg

                      from Gunnedah NSW

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                        Comments about Tom the Outback Mailman:

                        Great book to teach young children about the pioneer people in outback Australia.

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                        5.0

                        Great Aussie Bush Story

                        By Kazcrawf

                        from South Australia

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

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                          Comments about Tom the Outback Mailman:

                          A wonderfully written story by Kristen Weidenbach (an authority on the subject having adult books published) about Tom Kruse- the Birdsville Track mailman in the 50's, that is also well illustrated by Timothy Ide.
                          Highly recommended book for all Australian children but especially for those with a love of the Outback.

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                          ISBN: 9780734412249
                          ISBN-10: 073441224X
                          Audience: Children
                          For Ages: 5 - 9 years old
                          Format: Hardcover
                          Language: English
                          Number Of Pages: 32
                          Published: 8th May 2012
                          Publisher: Hachette Australia
                          Country of Publication: AU
                          Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 29.1  x 0.9
                          Weight (kg): 0.45
                          Edition Number: 1