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Saturday 4 June 2011

KBR Recommends – Picture Books, June 2011

I Love My Baby Brother / I Love My Baby Sister by Anna Walker
(Scholastic, $12.99)

Anna Walker's iconic little Ollie is back in these perfect gift books for kids welcoming a new baby to the family.

You've already met Ollie - the gorgeous, lively zebra - now it's time to meet Olllie's new baby sister. Together they giggle and play peek-a-boo!

In Baby Brother, Ollie plays hide-and-seek, and his wee brother climbs aboard the Ollie train!

Simple, sweet, and the perfect size for little hands, Walker's iconically beautiful illustrations make these beautiful books a joy to read.

The Three Kangaroos Gruff by Kel Richards
(Scholastic, $14.99)
Three kangaroo brothers decide one day to cross the bridge to greener pastures where they each encounter a mean, hungry, and slightly dim-witted Bunyip.

The smallest two kangaroos use their wits to escape the monster by promising a bigger, tastier meal on its way . . .

When the World Was Waiting for You by Gillian Shields
(Bloomsbury, $22.99)

This celebration of new life will allow for tender bedtime cuddles everywhere as the book relishes the shared family pleasure of a new baby.

This perfect first picture book will allow childen to either think about their own arrival into the world or prepare them for the arrival of a new sibling, as the words and pictures combine to create a world at peace with itself.

Ella Bella Ballerina and Swan Lake by James Mayhew
(Orchard Books, $16.99)

Another sumptuous story featuring the delightful Ella Bella Ballerina in the most famous ballet of all, Swan Lake!

Can Ella Bella help the swan princess to be reunited with her prince Will she help to break the wicked sorcerer’s spell Will true love conquer all.

Young ballerinas will find the answer to all these questions and delight in the sheer charm of Ella Bella’s world. James Mayhew has also included a last page full of ballet facts to help even the keenest budding ballerina learn about the story behind Swan Lake.

The Koala Who Bounced by Jimmy Thomson
(Random House, $14.95)

Karri discovers he is quite different from the other koalas when he falls out of the tree - and bounces!

But what good is being able to bounce when nobody else can do it with you and you have no friends?

Karri feels lonely and not very special at all. Then one day he bounces up into a tree and finds out just how useful he can be!

A reprinted classic.