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Raining Cats and Dogs
Format: Hardcover

This charming and imaginative book playfully pairs works of art with onomatopoeia and graphics as a fun way to introduce pre‑schoolers to art—although it’s also sure to appeal to animal lovers of all ages. Children will develop early word-recognition skills through onomatopoeic associations and learn how to visually read works of art and the world around them through graphic associations. The paintings, photographs, prints, drawings and sculpture featured in Raining cats and dogs will also introduce children to the diversity of works of art on those most familiar of family pets, cats and dogs.

Raining cats and dogs includes twenty-two full-colour illustrations of child-friendly works of art in the National Gallery of Australia’s collections from Australia and around the world.

$14.95

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The Eagle Inside
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Australian;
Grade Levels: Preschool;

A timeless tale about difference, belonging, and courage that will inspire children to have faith in their inner strength.

The smallest bird at school, Jimmy feels certain he will never fit in. But Eagle reminds him that being small isn’t necessarily a weakness, and that being different can also be a strength. This book is loosely based on the author’s university experience of feeling he would never fit in, yet being mentored by a teacher who encouraged him to focus on his inner strength, rather than race or class.

This book is a landmark collaboration between two powerhouses of the Indigenous community of Sydney -- artist, activist, and illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft and her son Jack Manning Bancroft, who is CEO of Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) and has been listed among Sydney's Top 100 Most Influential People.

Educator Information
Recommended for Grades up to Pre-K.

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32 pages | 8.75" x 10.75"

Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork
$15.99

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Welcome To Country: A Traditional Aboriginal Ceremony
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Australian; Wurundjeri;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4;

An Aboriginal ceremony of Welcome to Country is depicted for the first time in a stunning picture book from two Indigenous Australians.

Welcome to the lands of the Wurundjeri people. The people are part of the land, and the land is a part of them. Aboriginal communities across Australia have boundaries that are defined by mountain ranges and waterways. Traditionally, to cross these boundaries, permission is required. Each community has its own way of greeting, but the practice shares a common name: a Welcome to Country. Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin, the senior Aboriginal elder of the Wurundjeri people, channels her passion for storytelling into a remarkable and utterly unique picture book that invites readers to discover some of the history and traditions of her people. Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy gives the Wurundjeri Welcome to Country form in beautiful paintings rich with blues and browns, as full of wonder and history as the tradition they depict.

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"Kids may pick up Welcome to Country: A Traditional Aboriginal Ceremony expecting something less abstract, but they won't be disappointed. Murphy's book-length meditation invoking Wurundjeri customs and values is beguiling, and Lisa Kennedy's acrylic paintings—some so multilayered that they could pass for embroidered tapestries—are dazzlers...While Welcome to Country uses the distinctive voice of the Wurundjeri of Australia, it speaks to everyone." —Shelf Awareness for Readers

"Richly pigmented illustrations in a traditional style depict the close connection between people, animals, land, and elements. There is a formality in the tone of the text that some readers might find unusual but not unfriendly. This unique picture book lends itself easily to social studies curricula, but its poetic qualities should not be overlooked." —Booklist

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Recommended for ages 5 to 9.

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32 pages | 10.13" x 11.81"

Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork
$22.99

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