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Friday 18 March 2011

Review: Feeling Fine and Old Macdonald's Aussie Farm

So lovely to see the National Library of Australia's children's books doing so so well, and it was a joy to receive two new board books in the mail, based on previously published work.

The first is Feeling Fine! by local Canberra gal Stephanie Owen Reeder, based on her beautiful lift-the-flap book I've Got A Feeling, which was included on the IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities booklist for 2011.

Feeling Fine! features a line-up of the authors adorable illustrations of a variety of children in all manner of emotional states from excited through to grumpy.

Each child's face is accompanied by descriptive words of that emotion, and asks the child 'how do I feel'? A wonderful way for kids to explore their emotions and to learn a fabulous array of new words at the same time.

Title: Feeling Fine!
Author/Illustrator: Stephanie Owen Reeder
Publisher: National Library of Australia, $12.95
Publication Date: 1 March 2011
ISBN: 9780642277206
Format: Board Book
In Old MacDonald's Aussie Farm, we are treated to an abridged version of Naomi Zouwer's original book Old MacDonald Had Some Land.

What does Old MacDonald find on his Aussie farm? Well, Aussie animals, of course! There's a platypus, an echidna, a possum, a koala and more - all splashing, waddling and hopping their way around the book, with an e-i-e-i-o.

Adorable for Aussie kids as well as our friends and family overseas.

Title: Old MacDonald's Aussie Farm
Author: Susan Hall
Illustrator: Naomi Zouwer and John Gould
Publisher: National Library of Australia, $12.95
Publication Date: 1 March 2011
ISBN: 9780642277213
Format: Board Book

You can buy both these books directly from the NLA website . . . Feeling Fine and Old MacDonald's Aussie Farm.