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When the Wind Changed : Australian Children's Classics - Ruth Park

When the Wind Changed

Australian Children's Classics

By: Ruth Park, Deborah Niland (Illustrator)


Published: 1st January 2011
For Ages: 4+ years old
In Stock. Ships today or next business day from Australia
RRP $14.99

Josh is a little boy who likes to make faces. He practises his scary faces every day. If only Josh had listened when his father told him what would happen when the wind changed!


when the wind changed


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disappointing book


I got this for my four year old grandson my daughter won,t readit to him,its scary a bank robber with a gun etc,not good going tobed with this book for young ones.

Melbourne Au


It works!


I remember this book as a child. It stuck in my mind and when I would pull faces, I'd hesitate in case it was true that my face would stay that way if the wind changed. Now, it's had a similar impact on my 4 year old who had started pulling an angry, hulk-style face regularly. He rarely does it now, just a week after reading this book,



A great read for kids


All kids love it as it has funny faces , a bank robber and just enough scare factor with a surprise ending.



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A wonderful humorous adventure


A story to entertain and amuse the young and the young at heart. If you've ever pulled a face, you must read this book!

Sydney, AU


A great book for kids


My grandson loved this book and asked to have it read to him often



When the Wind Changed

4.1 7


'A joke. A pretty dumb joke. There's this boy, Josh, who makes horrible faces. He scares the dog next door, and his grandmother. His mother asks him "not to try his faces on the people in the street because it would not be good for Dad's business." His father is a bank teller. He warns Josh that "if you're making a face and the wind changes it will stay that way." When he does, and it does, he heads for the bank - face covered - to see if his Dad knows "some more." A bank robber, seeing his face, drops his gun; and just then the wind changes again (yes, inside the bank), and Josh's face returns to normal. But that night on TV, Dad makes a face too, and "Just then the wind changed." The faces are gruesome, all right, but making faces is a lot funnier in the flesh. - Kirkus Reviews

Ruth Park

Another in a long line of writers born elsewhere yet able to capture Australian life so beautifully, Ruth Park’s writing has had a lasting effect on both adults and children for over 60 years.

Born in Auckland to a Scottish father and a Swedish mother, Park moved to Australia in 1942 where she had lined up a job with a newspaper.

Her first novel was The Harp in the South, a graphic story of Irish slum life in Sydney, which has been translated into 37 languages. Even though it was acclaimed by literary critics, the book proved controversial with sections of the public due to its candour. It remains her most popular novel and has never been out of print.

Between 1946 and 2004, she received numerous awards for her contributions to literature in both Australia and internationally including the Miles Franklin Award for Swords and Crowns and Rings in 1977. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1987.

Ruth Park died in December 2010.

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ISBN: 9780207167614
ISBN-10: 0207167613
Series: Australian Children's Classics
Audience: Children
For Ages: 4+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st January 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 18.9  x 0.3
Weight (kg): 0.13