Welcome to the world! A is for Australian Animals is here! Published by Walker Books Australia

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To the delight of many human animals attending the book launch, the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre brought along many animal friends to the Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre including: a bilby, an echidna, blue-tongue lizards, a snake, “Henry” the cockatoo, and the most adorable pygmy possum.

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I was honoured to have Australia’s most beloved children’s author, Alison Lester, officially launch the book.

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Australia is full of the most amazing animals on the planet! What animal has six thumbs? What animal produces square poo? What animal is made up of 95 per cent water and is highly venomous? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this factastic tour of Australian animals.

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A is for Australian Animals is available online and in all good bookstores!

 

 

Exciting things are happening in the world of A is for Australia. Since my friends are spread all across the globe, I’ve decided to host an online launch complete with virtual bubbles! Even more exciting, I’ll be giving away three signed limited edition prints from the book. Details on how to win below and on the A is for Australia Facebook page . To join in all the festivities, you need to LIKE the page. PLEASE share so your friends can learn how to win a print too! Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/aisforaustraliaA is for Australia

To CELEBRATE the launch of A is for Australia, I’ll be giving away 3 signed limited edition prints!
Be creative! Use your imagination! Tell your Friends!
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AUSTRALIAN Entries – Grab a copy of A is for Australia from your shop or library and take a photo of you, family or friends with the cover at an iconic Australian location or a place depicted in the book. Post the photo on the *A is for Australia* Facebook page.

OVERSEAS Entries – excluding Australia smile emoticon Post a photo of you, family or friends with something that celebrates Australia on the *A is for Australia* Facebook page.
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Entries close on Sunday, February 1st 2015 at 11:59 PM AWST – Australian Western Standard Time. Winners will be notified by February 4th, 2015 and announced on the A is for Australia Facebook page.Two Australian based entries and one overseas entry will receive a signed limited edition print from A is for Australia.This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. *Terms and Conditions of giveaway here: http://goo.gl/aXR0ln

Kangaroo and meAustralia is a far cry from New Jersey where I grew up. I’ve always loved to travel and as soon as I could walk, I’d take off on adventures with my little red wagon…collecting rocks and flowers from neighborhood gardens along the way.

Nowadays, I look forward to travelling around Australia. Within a few minutes from my house, I can catch a ferry to Rottnest Island or stroll alongside the Swan River.

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I often see dolphins, black swans and families catching prawns and crabs. One of my favorite pastimes is walking along the Indian Ocean to Dog Beach, watching dogs of all shaped and sizes having the time of their lives.

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The love of Australia is what ultimately drove me to create A is for AUSTRALIA and I was lucky enough to travel to many of the places in the book.

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My challenge was to represent all the states and to highlight Australia’s diverse and unique landscape. Some destinations were so incredibly iconic: Sydney Harbour, Uluru, and Bondi Beach, which made the decision easy. Some locations were difficult to choose because there were many amazing alternatives! Book Two?

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Back in my studio, I sorted through the enormous range of facts, photographs, travel brochures, stacks of research books and many online sources of information. A is for AUSTRALIA is a celebration of Australian people, places and culture. Hopefully children will be intrigued and bug their parents to take them to explore some of the locations in the book!

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Now available online and in all good bookstores.

 A for Australia TRAILER.