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Sam's Bush Journey Hardcover – May 12, 2010


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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2–Living in Australia, Sam's grandmother loves the bush that surrounds her house. On their long walks into the gum forest to the waterhole, spiky shrubs scratch the boy's legs and mosquitoes bite him. Though Nanna tells him about the many good things there, Sam would be happy if they all disappeared. One night he dreams of wandering in the bush lost and alone. Remembering what Nanna has told him, he finds edible berries when his stomach grumbles and shelter in a hollow gum tree during a storm. The singing of birds leads him to fresh water at the waterhole. Worn out from his adventure, he sleeps in the shade of a tree and wakes in his own bed. With a new awareness of his surroundings, Sam gladly accompanies his grandmother on her next journey to the waterhole. Bright, full-color spreads are filled with mammals, birds, and reptiles among tall gum trees while the waterhole, filled with fish, seems to rise out of the landscape. Stunning illustrations feature thick black outlines and intricate patterns, evoking the Aboriginal culture of the book's creators. The story can be read independently, and the vivid illustrations will nurture an appreciation of the ecology of the Australian bush.–Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"Bancroft brings the narrative to life in brilliant and lively naive-style illustrations . . . an engaging story, well realized through Bancroft's vivid art."  —School Library Journal on Malu Kangaroo

More About the Author

Sally Morgan is a leading author of children's information books. She has written more than 250 titles, covering wildlife, natural history, science, geography, and environmental topics. She writes for all ages from first readers through to 16+ readership as well as books aimed at family readership.

Sally read Natural Sciences at Cambridge which was followed by several years of research into the restoration of derelict land. She then taught biology for a few years before turning to writing. With her love of the natural world and her concerns about the loss of habitats worldwide, it was not surprising that she chose to write about wildlife and environmental issues.

She is lucky enough to own a small organic farm in Somerset. When she is not writing she can be found on the farm looking after her rare breed poultry, sheep and pigs or weeding the kitchen garden! Conservation is important to her and the farm is managed to improve biodiversity. Keen to connect people with their food, Sally has set up a small education centre on the farm, where people can learn about smallholding, butchery and other rural skills.

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