Illustrated by Lauren Stringer - See pictures of her studio with book in progress, & listen to my reading with music composed and played by Matthew Smith.
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published in USA & Canada by Beach Lane Books, 2010
and in Australia by Allen & Unwin, 2010
What do you get when you take:
๏ one brave big sister,
๏ one not-so-brave little sister,
๏ a spooky nighttime backyard,
๏ and heaps of imagination?
The most magnificent campout ever!
The world of imagination sparkles to life through vibrant illustrations, and the rhythmic text makes for a joyful read-aloud.
.•The Best Children’s Books of the Year, Children’s Book Committee, The Bank Street College of Education.
.• Nominated for the Amelia Bloomer Project, Recommended
Feminist Literature from Birth to Age 18.
• Imagination is at the heart of this book as two sisters set out to camp in their backyard. Their red tent becomes a royal shelter, the wading pool a lake, and the sandbox is the desert they toil across. The princess is stalwart, but her little sister, the panther, is unnerved when night falls. Orr’s steady refrain is, “The princess was brave, and the panther tried to be,” and the timidity of the panther is purposefully revealed in the rich acrylic illustrations... a clever twist on the usual camping story and the fears that accompany it.
-School Library Journal
• A little girl and her younger sister have a great adventure in the backyard. After dark, though, it gets harder to be brave. Alert children will know that it’s not leaf snakes but leaves, not an owl-witch but an owl, not a great dog-wolf but the puppy next door that try their bravery. The pictures are in broad, rich swaths of acrylic colors that deepen into night and then lighten into morning. A warm and cozy tale of sisterly joy and sweet imagination.
Allen & Unwin Australia, June 2012,
Six tail-wagging, melt-your-heart stories of loyal, lost, playful and cuddly pets from the author of Nim's Island.
What would you do if you lost a pet? Where would you go if you found one? At the Rainbow Street Shelter a cockatoo will greet you and a little round dog will make you welcome. All the animals there need children to be their friends. Meet Bear the border collie, Buster the marmalade cat, and Bessy the goat, as well as rabbits and guinea pigs and mice. There's even a pony called Pebbles, but where does a lion cub fit in?
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Macmillan, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, USA
Rainbow Street Shelter (Volume 4)
Wendy Orr; illustrations by Patricia Castelao
Mona's uncle Matthew works in a circus, and he always gives pretty great birthday presents. But when Mona turns eight, he gives her something better than juggling balls or stilts—a baby lion cub! His note says that the cub's mother couldn't care for it properly, and he knows Mona and her grandparents can help.
Mona names the lion Kiki, and at first Kiki is like any other kitten. As she grows bigger and bigger, though, Mona realizes that Kiki needs a home which will allow her to be the wild animal she was born to be.
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