05 March 2012

triple book review & GIVEAWAY from National Library of Australia

Greetings all & welcome to my reading chair . . .
i believe you need a happy place to indulge in books & the beautiful places they can take you.  The kind folk at the National Library of Australia have sent me 3 new, wonderful & very different books to review from 3 award winning & highly celebrated Australian authors.  I've very much enjoyed each book, lounging in my garden chair.  They are March releases & a blog giveaway too!!
  
 Prolific writer & photographer, the late Leslie Rees, has his work continue in a new series of biographies about indigenous animals, created by his daughters Dymphna & Megan.  First in this series is Shy The Platypus, filled with stunning photographs, illustrations, prints - specially commissioned by the NLA for this heritage style edition.  The  beautiful story of Shy's adventures & discoveries, including encounters with humans was first published in 1944 - proving Rees was ahead of his time as an environmentalist. 
 I remember reading these Australian style books as a child, they are page turners, fragile native life versus the world.  At the back of the book you'll find platypus facts & information too.  Shy The Playtpus, 96 pages, $24.95 
 A fantastic first book bursting with colour & action for the 3 year old set, is Judy Horacek's These Are My Hands & flip it over to reveal These Are My Feet.  Have your little ones wriggling their fingers & tapping their feet as you read along together.
 Horacek is a popular cartoonist & visual artist, who has collaborated with uber famous Mem Fox  My favourite page is the footprints-in-the-sand, don't children love their own footprints!!  These Are My Hands, 48 pages, $17.95
 Love your Australian history but loathe that your children just 'google' what they need to research as you've forgotten??  Tania McCartney brings together all the major events of our nation's history on a timeline, which gives children a proportion guide from the explosive beginnings of our planet to modern day.  Australian Story: an illustrated timeline is a colourful factual book of images from the National Library's digital collection.
  This book is jam packed with exciting ecological change, social upheaval, politics, inventions, culture, modern technology & so much more.  Australian Story: an illustrated timeline, 47 billion years of history, $24.95 order here!!
Want to win an awesome prize of these National Library of Australian publications??  Just follow my blog & leave a comment at this post for your chance to win:
Shy The Platypus, These Are My Hands & a goodie bag from the Australian Story book launch.
Good luck & thanks NLA.  Giveaway open worldwide (to share our amazing country with you all), runs until midnight Saturday 10th March, love Posie

40 comments:

sue niven said...

Count me in please! Awesome books!

Michelle said...

I would love a chance to win this ,what a great giveaway. Hope your hands are feeling better x

Susan Leach said...

The books look great, would love to win.

Lisa - Sweet Little Pretties said...

Those books are fantastic!Would love to win them

ally said...

Show us your hands again soon!!
I'd love to win..thankyou :-)

Tin Can Daisy said...

I'd love a chance to win too please :)

Tania McCartney said...

Most chuffed to see my book in your review pile! And so glad the wee man is loving it. x

LatteJunkie said...

My Mr Nearly 4 would love to read those... :)

Bree said...

you get all the cool stuff Posie - books are massive in our house so please count me in
:)

Tara said...

Please put me in the giveaway..xx

Tara said...

Please put me in the giveaway..xx

Mystica said...

I'd love to win these gorgeous books. Hope you are feeling better.

Cherry Blossom said...

i would love to enter this. hope your hands are feeling much better.

Cherry Blossom said...

i would love to enter this. hope your hands are feeling much better.

Liz said...

Please put me in. They all sound like wonderful books.Am a blog follower

Felicity said...

Hooray for books!

Hooray for Aussie authors!

Hooray for illustrators!

Hooray for scrummy reading chairs!

Hooray for you!

That's all,
x

Salley said...

Thanks Posie for the chance... would love these...I remember Shy....my Mother loved reading aloud to me... it is so important and a good excuse for cuddle time!

Creative Corner said...

LOVE the look of those books! May just have to go and buy them!

Sally said...

Thanks for the review and giveaway, they all look like great books!

Gill said...

I'm a follower!
Count me in please! I would love to win these books!

Tiff said...

What awesome books! I would love to share them with my class! Hope you are feeling better each day! X

Jen R said...

Go the Aussie Authors...I went to school with the lovely Tania xx

melissa said...

What a wonderful giveaway! We'd be over the moon to win one of those books. :D

Carolyn McPherson said...

I'm a FB follower of your blog (love it by the way). Thanks for the chance to win some books for the kidlets!

Michelle Yardley said...

Leslie Rees books! A lot of people have no idea who I'm talking about when I mention his books.

It's nice that you read his books as a child. I never discovered him until I was an adult and I have collected many of his books over the years.

You have given me the topic for my next blog, can't wait to get re-acquainted with these books again.

Love your site and all the information about books.

Michelle Yardley said...

Leslie Rees books! A lot of people have no idea who I'm talking about when I mention his books.

It's nice that you read his books as a child. I never discovered him until I was an adult and I now collect his books.

You have given me the topic for my next blog.

Tas said...

How is it that I have never heard of Shy the Platypus? It looks wonderful.

We are a bog book house. Bah humbug to e-readers...

Paperklip said...

We do love us some books around here.
Lovely to catch up on your blog.
Mel x

Paperklip said...

Avid readers here!
Lovely to catch up with your blog.
Mel x

Bron said...

Oh These are my Hands would be a fantastic book to read to my playgroup littlies. Thanks for sharing.

Dianne said...

I love books and my kids love books - I'd love to win this prize to add to our "library" :-)

My MummaMoments said...

Oh WOW! I have three little ones who would be perfectly delighted with those books, thank you for a fun giveaway xx

IndigoElephant :: Sash said...

Hi lovely, just catchin gup on some blog reading and glad to hear your hands are healing so well. Hope it's not long until you're back to crafting fun! xoxo

java's mum said...

Those books look great, thanks for the chance to win.

Catherine said...

Count me in please :) Love your blog!

Amy said...

My house can never have too many books, thanks for the chance to win!
Amy xx

Jane said...

Just fabulous, Jennie, you generous girl. Thanks so much for the chance! J x

The Humming Cat said...

Love the Platypus book, my 9 year old has a huge collection of australian softies, been meaning to make her the Platypus from Two Little Banshee's, must get onto that.

Margaret Gooding said...

Hi Jennie, as a mother of children of my own, a lover of all things Australian, and as someone who values the power of illustration/imagery to teach, excite and enthuse ....I would be quite excited to win these books, and after perusing them myself, I would probably donate them to the primary school library so more children would benefit from them.

Margaret Gooding said...

Hi Jennie, as a mother of four, an illustrator and someone who is passionate about all things Australian, I would love to win these books....but not just for me...but to share with others. I used to be a zoo keeper who worked with Platypus, and am studying them for my Uni Honours' work and think they are the best of creatures. I believe strongly in the power of illustration/imagery to not only educate, but to enthuse and excite. I would donate the books to the local school library for other children to enjoy.