W Is for Wombat

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The selection of colors, animals, and words and the new format makes this the perfect book for toddlers. Each page depicts an Australian word taken from the original book, creating a captivating reference that celebrates the uniqueness of Australia and its language.

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Overview

The selection of colors, animals, and words and the new format makes this the perfect book for toddlers. Each page depicts an Australian word taken from the original book, creating a captivating reference that celebrates the uniqueness of Australia and its language.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This ABC book features Australian Aboriginal motifs. Creatures like a koala, platypus, and quokka are thickly outlined in paint and decorated with multicolored dots, making them resemble ornate masks, while a river, sun, and tree take on an elemental quality. It’s an aesthetically striking guide to Australian wildlife. Ages 1-3. (June)
Publishers Weekly
This ABC book features Australian Aboriginal motifs. Creatures like a koala, platypus, and quokka are thickly outlined in paint and decorated with multicolored dots, making them resemble ornate masks, while a river, sun, and tree take on an elemental quality. It’s an aesthetically striking guide to Australian wildlife. Ages 1–3. (June)
From the Publisher
"Using a mixture of techniques from her Aboriginal background and her own artistic creativity, Bancroft entices children to count from one to 15 as they view an array of Australian animals cavorting on brightly colored pages. . . . The boldly outlined animals filled with dotted designs are strikingly placed in each spread."  —Kirkus Reviews on An Australian 1, 2, 3 of Animals

"A glorious visual feast of color . . . highly recommended."  —Sydney’s Child Magazine on Possum and Wattle: My Big Book of Australian Words

"It is Bancroft's paintings that make the greatest impression."  —School Library Journal on Sun Mother Wakes the World

Kirkus Reviews
One of those rarest of rare birds: a board book derived from a larger-format picture book that works and works well. Twenty-five images from Bancroft's Possum and Wattle: My Big Book of Australian Words (2010) are reproduced, one to a page, set mostly against complementary solid-color backgrounds. As the subtitle promises, the subject is Australian: Some of the items pictured include boomerangs, dingo, koala and platypus, as well as the less-exotic but equally beautiful sun and river. The Aborigine artist's style works perfectly for infant visual stimulation. Boldly outlined figures with intricate interior patterns rendered in high-contrast bright colors are a feast for the eyes. While the vocabulary built is a hemisphere or two away from cow, dog and car, the sounds are fabulous in themselves and open up worlds of phonetic possibility: quokka, numbat, lyrebird. Gorgeous. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921541179
  • Publisher: Little Hare Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 904,711
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Bronwyn Bancroft is an Aboriginal artist and designer whose artworks have been collected and shown by galleries around the world. She is the illustrator of An Australian 1, 2, 3 of Animals; An Australian ABC of AnimalsMalu Kangaroo; Patterns of Australia; Possum and Wattle; and Sun Mother Wakes the World.

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