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Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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With a fluid text and lively illustrations, this picture book introduces 10 Australian animals: saltwater crocodiles, wallabies, koalas, platypuses, rainbow lorikeets, wombats, sugar gliders, brolgas, bilbies, and emus. Many writers have used the structure, rhythm, and rhyme scheme of the traditional rhyme Over in the Meadow as a vehicle for similar topics, but few have adapted it as successfully as Berkes. Varied effects of painted, printed, and textured elements enhance Dubins vibrant collages of cut and torn papers. . . . A great choice for classroom units on Australia. --American Library Assn. Booklist (March 2011)
About the Author
Jill Dubin grew up in Yonkers, New York and received her BFA from Pratt Institute. Her delightful illustrations have appeared in numerous children's books. She uses cut paper to create the whimsical illustrations in this book. The collage approach combines her unique sense of color, texture and pattern.
Top Customer Reviews
Over in Australia uses cute rhymes that children will adore and is filled with gorgeous illustrations by Jill Dubin. In addition, at each opening there is a surprise hidden animal to find! You might just see a kookaburra, although I don't know if he's sitting in an old gum tree. Also in the back are several pages of activities and further information about the animals. Other books by Berkes that follow the "Over in the Meadow" pattern are Over in the Ocean, Over in the Jungle, both of which I have read and reviewed, and Over in the Arctic. Dawn Publications is dedicated to inspiring in children a deeper understanding and appreciation for all life on earth, and further resources for teachers and parents can be downloaded from their website.
I may have to add multiple copies of this one to my collection of Marianne Berkes books that I use to teach Title 1 Reading classes. I already use Over in the Ocean, Over in the Jungle, and Over in the Arctic. I heard there's a new one coming out called Over in the Forest soon! All of Marianne Berkes' books are colorful, entertaining, informative and loved by the children (and adults) who read them!I have never had students get so excited about reading until I started using these wonderful and amazing books written by Marianne Berkes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book with a beautiful rhythm to read to young childrenPublished 8 months ago by Patricia O Wiltshire
This is a great book that teaches children about different animals in Australia. I used it in World Traveler class for 5 and 6 year olds and they loved it.Published 14 months ago by Rockway
When we are away on travels, we send books to the grandkids about the places we're visiting. After an extended trip to Australia, and a number of books sent to the children, we... Read morePublished 19 months ago by jarand
I bought this book for my niece's birthday because she loves Koala's. She is always asking me to read this book when I come over.Published on June 23, 2014 by Chloe