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Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo  - Alison Lester

Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo

Paperback Published: 25th May 2006
ISBN: 9780733621055
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 2+ years old

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The sixth title in Alison Lester s bestselling Clive Eats Alligators series, featuring Ernie, who goes to Arnhem Land and writes to his friends about his experiences.

When Ernie goes to live in an Aboriginal community in northern Australia, the people, climate, plants and animals are all new to him. Here are his letters to Clive, Nicky, Rosie, Frank, Tessa and Celeste, describing the life he discovers with his new friends in their wild and beautiful land.

Alison Lester visited Arnhem Land in 1996 and 1997 as a guest of the Gunbalanya Community School with her friend and fellow author Liz Honey. Together they worked with staff and students of the school to produce poems, plays, puppets and paintings. This book is based on a story the upper Primary students made about their lives, called We Love Gunbalanya . Arnhem Land is owned by the Aboriginal people who have lived there for more than 50,000 years. There are many different tribes and language groups throughout Arnhem Land, but at Gunbalanya, where this book is set, the main language spoken is Kunwinjku.

About the Author

Alison Lester is one of Australia s most popular children s authors and illustrators. She began illustrating children s books after she had her first child, and today has illustrated more than 25 books for children. Alison has won several awards for her writing and illustrating, including the 1989 CBC Honour Book Award for The Journey Home, and Best Designed Children s Book for Rosie Sips Spiders. When Frank Was Four reached number one in the bestseller list and was also a CBC Notable Book. Alison lives on a farmlet in rural Victoria with her husband and their three children. Previous Books: Isabella s Bed, The Journey Home, Ruby, Clive Eats Alligators, Tessa Snaps Snakes, Rosie Sips Spiders, When Frank Was Four, Celeste Sails to Spain, the Thing series (with Robin Klein)

Industry Reviews

It s no wonder children adore Alison Lester Every scene, animal and character rings of authenticity. A wonderful book to stimulate the minds and play of young children. - Sydney s Child

ISBN: 9780733621055
ISBN-10: 0733621058
Audience: Primary / High School
For Ages: 2+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 25th May 2006
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 26.1 x 21.0  x 0.4
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1

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Alison Lester

About the Author


Alison Lester is one of Australia's most popular and bestselling creators of children's books.

She has won many awards, including the 2005 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year Award for Are We There Yet? and the 2012 CBCA Eve Pownall Book of the Year Award for One Small Island.

Her picture books include Running With the Horses, a story based on the evacuation of the world-famous Lipizzaner horses from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna during World War Two; One Small Island, about the possibility of hope and environmental preservation for a World Heritage listed island and for the world itself; Sophie Scott Goes South about a little girl's voyage to Antarctica and the sense of wonder that it brings; and Kissed by the Moon, a lyrical celebration of the natural world and all that it has to offer a child.

Alison lives on a farm in the Victorian countryside. She spends part of each year travelling to schools around Australia, helping students and teachers develop their own stories.

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