Australia. Big. Beautiful. Diverse. From the First People to washing lines and crocodiles, football and sunshine, koalas and akubras, skyscrapers and beaches that squeak, this 96-page picture book is a glorious tribute to this wide brown land and its rich and varied multicultural communities.
Vibrantly illustrated with watercolour, ink and mono-printing, Australia Illustratednot only celebrates the more 'typical' Australian flora, fauna and landmarks, it also showcases the everyday quirks and idiosyncrasies that make Australia unique: the many types of rain, Greek street food, Sydney ferries, cattle breeds, the plants of the Daintree. Even the quokka selfie epidemic is featured!
Divided into Australia-wide entries as well as state and territory specific elements, readers will learn more about the endemic plants, animals, foods, landmarks, sports and oddities that make the regions around Australia special. Whimsical, humorous, high in detail, and guaranteed to delight both children and adults, this is a portrait of Australia like you've never seen it before. Grab your snorkel. Let's dive in!
About the Author
Tania McCartney writes for both adults and children, and has been shortlisted and awarded for both published and unpublished works. An experienced magazine writer, editor and speaker, she has been writing professionally for over 25 years and has almost a thousand articles and reviews in print and online. She also founded Kids’ Book Review, the number one children’s literature site on the web, and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge.
Tania has many years’ experience in book design and has a deep love of illustration. Australia: Illustrated is her first self-illustrated picture book. An Ambassador for the National Year of Reading (2012), and a Friend of The Reading Hour, she is also passionate about literacy. She has lived in Paris, London and Beijing, and currently lives in Canberra with her very supportive family, and a mountain of books.
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Comments about Australia : Illustrated:
I bought this delightful book to use in my classroom and I was lucky enough to compliment my lesson with an original illustration I won from the book launch. My students and I absolutely LOVED it! The book is rich in detail and culture and sparked many amazing discussions about diversity, place, and why Australia is special to each of us. This book is suitable for all age levels and all student backgrounds. My students loved the fun and quirky illustrations and this book has many teaching affordances. I would highly recommend this book, not only for teachers but for everyone who wants to celebrate our beautiful country. You can read this book again and again and you'll always find something new!
"Big, beautiful, and diverse" are the words McCartney uses to describe Australia, and they are the very words that could describe this book. It is big and it is fat (criteria important to some of our junior readers); it is beautiful with colour, iconic illustrations and few words; and it's diverse with its focus on a range of topics that don't usually feature in these sorts of texts. Each page is a vibrant explosion of colour and movement that celebrate our places and people in quirky ways."
The Bottom Shelf
"Australia Illustrated is the kind of book I loved as a child. So many details to notice and enjoy. Each double page spread has so much to see and think about. The illustrations capture the imagination and present Australia as the diverse, interesting, quirky, and beautiful land we know it to be."
Kid's Book Review
"Tania McCartney has created a book that inspires discussions in the readers – big and little. As you open to the first page you are met with words describing Australia – big, beautiful and diverse. I can tell you that this is a good description also of this book; it’s content and the beautiful illustrations."
"Dares the reader not to start at the beginning. Every page turn is a surprise and opening at random is an exciting way to experience this smorgasbord of words and pictures."
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old
For Grades: 1 - 2
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 1st November 2016
Publisher: Exisle Publishing eBooks
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 24.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.6