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Australia-Oceania – Picture Books

November 16, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Picture books which take place in specific nations of Australia / Oceania:
American Samoa ; Ashmore and Cartier Islands ; Australia ; Baker Island ; Christmas Island ; Cocos (Keeling) Islands ; Cook Islands ; Coral Sea Islands ; Fiji ; French Polynesia ; Guam ; Howland Island ; Jarvis Island ; Johnston Atoll ; Kingman Reef ; Kiribati ; Marshall Islands ; Federated States of Micronesia ; Midway Islands ; Nauru ; New Caledonia ; New Zealand ; Niue ; Norfolk Island ; Northern Mariana Islands ; Palau ; Palmyra Atoll ; Pitcairn Islands ; Samoa ; Solomon Islands ; Tokelau ; Tonga ; Tuvalu ; United States Pacific Island Wildlife Refuges ; Vanuatu ; Wake Island ; Wallis and Futuna


Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under by Marianne Berkes (Dawn Publications, 2011)
A counting book in rhyme presents various Australian animals and their offspring, from a mother crocodile and her “little hatchling one” to a huge father emu and his “little chicks ten.” Includes related facts and activities.

Ready to Dream by Donna Jo Napoli (Bloomsbury, 2009) 25*
While drawing pictures of the animals she sees on her trip to Australia, a young girl named Ally meets Pauline, an aborigine woman and fellow artist, from whom Ally learns that art is not always created with just paper and paints, and that mistakes are actually happy accidents.

Wombat Walkabout by Carol Diggory Shields (Dutton, 2009) 86*
Rhyming text follows six little wombats on walkabout and a hungry dingo following, envisioning them as his lunch until the wombats turn the tables on him.



Surf War!: A Folktale from the Marshall Islands by Margaret Read MacDonald (August House, 2009) 13
A bragging contest between Whale and Sandpiper turns into a battle over the beach and sea, until both parties realize that the beach and the sea, as well as sea creatures and shorebirds, are interdependent.


The Biggest Soap by Carole Lexa Schaefer (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004)
When Kessy, who lives in the Truk Islands, is sent by his mother to buy laundry soap, he hurries back to listen to her storytelling, discovering that his own experience makes a good story too.


A Summery Saturday Morning by Margaret Mahy (Viking, 1998)
Though their Saturday morning walk is not as peaceful as planned, a group of children and their dogs, with one brave adult, enjoy themselves.

NOTE: Red numbers denote how many holdings are noted in reQuest. An asterisk means that the book is available at the State Library Service Centers.

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