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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.

Product 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

True Story

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from Thirroul

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  • Engaging characters

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    • Younger Readers

    Comments about Tom the Outback Mailman:

    Educational resource

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    5.0

    What a wonderful book

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    from Bunbury WA

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings

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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.

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      from Newcastle

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      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Understand
      • Educational For City Kids
      • Informative
      • Inspirational
      • Relevant
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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.

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        from toowoomba qld au

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

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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

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          from Sunshine Coast

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          • A Truly Australian Story
          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Understand
          • Informative
          • Inspirational
          • Relevant
          • Well Written

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            • Australian For Children
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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

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            from NSW

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                great easy captivating for childeren

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                5.0

                Teaching early readers about our social

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                from Waikerie South Australia

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                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Easy To Understand
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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

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                  from Sydney

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                  • Deserves Multiple Readings
                  • Easy To Understand
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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

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                    from Brisbane, AU

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                    • Deserves Multiple Readings
                    • Easy To Understand
                    • Well Written

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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

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                      from Gunnedah NSW

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                      • Deserves Multiple Readings
                      • Easy To Understand
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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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                        This book is a tribute to an everyday Aussie. The illustrations are of earthy colours with native animals, and the clever text wrapping catches the eye - COURIER-MAIL

                        Ideal for children in their first few years of primary school - OUTBACK MAGAZINE

                        will make an excellent addition to any library and private collection - MAGPIES MAGAZINE

                        ISBN: 9780734412249
                        ISBN-10: 073441224X
                        Series: Lothian Australian Favou
                        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