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              Maori Markings: Ta Moko
               

              Maori Markings: Ta Moko (Paperback)

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              "The practice of t moko, and the wearing of moko, was considered an art form of a bygone day for the most part of the twentieth century, as casualty of Aotearoa New Zealand's colonial past. However, this unique Pacific art is enjoying a revival. Its embers fanned back to life by ...modern practitioners in the 1980s, it has once again become a powerful form of Mori cultural expression, identity and unity. In a first for Australia, 'Mori markings: t moko' looks at not only the history of this living, breathing art of our region but also shares stories of today's proud moko wearers and practitioners"--Foreword.
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              ISBN 9780642334800
              Published NZ 1 May 2019
              Publisher National Library of Australia
              Interest Age General Audience
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              The Night of the Hiding Moon

              The Night of the Hiding Moon (Hardback)

              By Allen, Emma; Illustrated by Rill Ng, Sher

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              Age range 4+ A story of adventure, imagination and bravery inspired by traditional shadow puppetry. Alone is his room, Felix is frightened. A wild storm is raging outside, and the silver moon has disappeared. But, with the help of his trusty torch and some new friends, Felix find...s the courage to frolic with shadows and discover incredible new worlds.
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              ISBN 9780642279583
              Published NZ 1 Mar 2020
              Publisher National Library of Australia
              Interest Age 2-6 years
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              Sorry Day

              Sorry Day (Paperback)

              By Vass, Coral; Illustrated by Leffler, Dub

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              Winner of the 2019 CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books Age range 7+ There was a hum of excitement. Flags flickered in the breeze as Maggie's heart danced with delight. `This is a very special day!' her mother said. Maggie holds tight to her mother as they await the long ...anticipated apology to show a willingness to reconcile the past for future generations. In the excitement of the crowd Maggie loses touch of her mother's hand as is lost. In a time `long ago and not so long ago' children were taken from their parents, their `sorrow echoing across the land'. As the Prime Minister's speech unfolds Maggie is reunited with her mother. But the faces and memories of the stolen generation are all around them. Two stories entwine in this captivating retelling of the momentous day when the then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, acknowledged the sorrows of past and said `Sorry' to the generation of children who were taken from their homes. The book includes a foreword from Lee Joachim; Chair of Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative and Director of Research and Development for Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation.
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              ISBN 9780642279651
              Published NZ 1 Dec 2019
              Publisher National Library of Australia
              Interest Age 2-6 years
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              Fauna: Australia's Most Curious Creatures

              Fauna: Australia's Most Curious Creatures (Hardback)

              By McCartney, Tania

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              Did you know that platypus have retractable webbing on their hind feet to enable an easy transition from swimming to digging? That kangaroos can't sweat and that the cassowary has no tongue? In Fauna - Australia's Most Curious Creatures, readers are constantly introduced to facts... that delight, amaze and induce sheer wonder at the clever design and adaptability of our much-loved native fauna. The information on each individual species is presented in small `bites' to hold the interest of younger readers, while the information taken in total gives a comprehensive summary of each species, including breeding and feeding habits, physical characteristics, habitat and other unique and quirky features. Fauna also has a strong conservation message with an `extinction roll call' and a rating for the vulnerability of endangered species. The stylised illustrations in Fauna are lively, colourful and informative, highlighting facts that lend themselves more to pictures than words e.g. the actual size of crocodile teeth, or the mechanics of the echidna's beak. There is also humour in the illustrations - is that kangaroo with dark glasses actually from a different kind of mob? Readers young and old will be delighted and informed by Fauna.
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              ISBN 9780642279545
              Published NZ 1 Nov 2019
              Publisher National Library of Australia
              Interest Age 2-6 years
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              Digby & Claude

              Digby & Claude (Hardback)

              By Allen, Emma; Illustrated by Sommerville, Hannah

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              Age range: 5+ One autumn, change came to Main Street ... Digby's street is soon going to look different - old houses are going to be demolished and new apartments will be built. Digby loves Main Street but he isn't sure he wants it to change. With plans of his own and Claude, his... new friend, Digby explores what it really means to belong. Together, Claude and Digby create their own world - a hideout where they can think and play. Day by day, as their cubby house grows, so too does their friendship. As the boys build and make their hideaway, they realise that the best places of all are places where you belong. From award-winning author Emma Allen and talented illustrator Hannah Sommerville comes a thought-provoking story about building and creating a sense of home in an environment of change.
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              ISBN 9780642279279
              Published NZ 1 Sep 2018
              Publisher National Library of Australia
              Interest Age 2-6 years
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              Strangers on Country

              Strangers on Country (Paperback)

              By Hartley, David; Murray, Kirsty; Illustrated by Leffler, Dub

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              Age range 9+ Giom, Anco and Duramboi are the names of just three young shipwreck survivors and convict escapees who were given refuge by Indigenous communities during the nineteenth century. No one knows exactly how many received sustenance from the local people, but there are so...me documented accounts of these experiences. Strangers on Country includes the stories of six Europeans and the people who cared for them. To Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the first castaways and runaway convicts that arrived in their homes must have appeared pretty scary. The strangers didn't speak their language and didn't understand their ways, but they were desperately in need of refuge. Despite their fears, the Indigenous hosts often treated the lost strangers with kindness, taking pity on them and giving them food and shelter. When they returned to live among white people, the castaways and convicts spoke fondly of the people who had rescued them. Based on historical records each story in this book is told through two historical fiction narratives. The first is from the point of view of an Indigenous person who befriends the stranger in their land. The second is from the point of view of the castaway or convict who is given refuge. At the end of each chapter, there is a section of facts and information. Too often Australian history is told only from the point of view of the Europeans who sailed here from across the world. Richly illustrated and drawing on the extensive collections of the National Library of Australia, Strangers on Country will inspire young readers to think about how all Australians today can learn from traditional Indigenous ways of thinking and doing. When we listen to and understand others, work with people, instead of doing things to people, then we can all begin to adopt the wise ways of the past. This book was inspired by and based on Living with the Locals: Early Europeans' Experience of Indigenous Life by John Maynard and Victoria K. Haskins.
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              ISBN 9780642279552
              Published NZ 1 Apr 2020
              Publisher National Library of Australia
              Interest Age 2-6 years
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              Trouble in the Surf

              Trouble in the Surf (Hardback)

              By Reeder, Stephanie Owen; Stewart, Briony

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              ISBN 9780642279460
              Published NZ 1 Oct 2019
              Publisher National Library of Australia
              Interest Age 5-8 years
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              The Big Book of Australian History

              The Big Book of Australian History (Paperback)

              By Macinnis, Peter

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              This is the second edition of The Big Book of Australian History, awarded 'Notable Book' by the Children's Book Council of Australia in 2014. Drawing on the impressive collections of the National Library of Australia, this comprehensive book provides children with an interesting ...and engaging overview of the history of Australia. It covers many of the main events in the nation's history. Packed with colourful images and interesting facts, The Big Book of Australian History introduces children to the many people and events that have made Australia what it is today. It also encourages them to think about how Australia has evolved as a nation. Author Peter Macinnis' enthusiastic retelling of Australia's story is infectious. Among the big events and the great moments that have shaped the country, Macinnis also includes lesser-known, interesting details that bring Australian history to life. For example, did you know that, in 1934, the ABC developed 'synthetic' cricket, in which radio broadcasters gave a ball-by-ball description of the game, using sound effects to simulate the sound of bat on ball and the applause of the crowd?
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              ISBN 9780642279026
              Published NZ 1 Apr 2017
              Publisher National Library of Australia
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              Story Time Stars

              Story Time Stars (Hardback)

              By Reeder, Stephanie Owen

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              What makes a children's book character memorable? Is it their personality, the story they tell or the way they're depicted by the illustrator? Is it that they make us laugh or cry? Or is it that we can identify with them? Often, even as adults, we can remember what our favourite ...children's book characters said or conjure an image of them in our mind's eye. From Snugglepot and Cuddlepie to the green sheep and Pig the Pug, Australian children's book characters have always delighted the young and young-at-heart. Get together with old friends and meet new ones in this lighthearted retrospective of much-loved characters from over a century of Australian illustrated books for children. Many will be delighted to reencounter Albert, the cranky cut-and-come-again magic pudding, who has fought the puddin' thieves in multiple editions, as well as across the stage in musical theatre, puppet shows, animated films and opera. Others will be thrilled to see lovable grass tree Grug, who was once described by The New York Times as the `Elmo of Down Under', and who has bustled through over 30 picture books since he first appeared in Grug in 1979. \ With such classic characters included alongside newer stars, parents and grandparents can not only share their favourites, but can also get to know the newer characters who enchant their children and grandchildren. Today's little ones love to go searching for Mem Fox and Judy Horacek's green sheep, who won the CBCA Early Childhood Book of the Year Award in 2005. They grump along with Nick Bland's bear, who has been cranky, itchy, hungry and noisy, to name but a few of his dispositions. And they giggle at greedy Pig, the pug, who is awfully mean to his flatmate Trevor, but who always gets his comeuppance in the end. All these characters and more showcase the breadth of Australian children's books over the last century and give readers of all ages the chance to get to know their favourite characters a little better.
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              ISBN 9780642279408
              Published NZ 1 Sep 2019
              Publisher National Library of Australia
              Interest Age 2-6 years
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              The Flying Optometrist

              The Flying Optometrist (Hardback)

              By Anderton, Joanne; Illustrated by Erasmus, Karen

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              Age range: 4+The Flying Optometrist travels in his little red aeroplane from his practice in the city to a remote outback town. Lots of people are waiting for him! Aunty can't see well enough to carve her emu eggs and Bill the plumber has a splinter in his eye. Young Stephanie ca...n't wait for him to arrive as she has broken her glasses and can't join in games of cricket and have fun with her friends - she can't see the ball! Hurry up Flying Optometrist! Where is he? Is he lost? The townsfolk wait with bated breath until finally the Flying Optometrist's little red plane appears, having only just missed a bad storm. A big meal waits for him in the local hotel. Then starts work checking eyesight. The Flying Optometrist doesn't have long, but he helps as many people as he can. He returns to the city but Stephanie has to wait a little longer for an exciting package to come - her new glasses! At the back of the book are lively non-fiction sections about the `real' flying optometrist and the history of aerial rural services in Australia, including the flying doctor service.
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              ISBN 9780642279132
              Published NZ 2 Apr 2018
              Publisher National Library of Australia
              Interest Age 2-6 years
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