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Friday 12 April 2013

Review: Lyrebird! A True Story

Sweeping views of the magnificent Dandenongs and colourful close-ups of Edith’s flower farm burst from the pages of Lyrebird! A True Story.  Although this is a narrative about Edith the flower grower and James the lyrebird’s unusual friendship, the seasonally changing world of the Dandenongs is a powerful supporting character.

Lyrebirds are supposed to be shy, but James doesn’t know this. He hangs around Edith as she digs and sings, and he blocks her way as she works. Edith tracks James’ development from his first visit as a plain looking young male to full maturity through sketches and notes in her diary. As they learn to respect each other's need for space and to appreciate each others songs, the seasons progress around them.

What would you do if your garden friend no longer ventured outside and her verandah rail wasn’t high enough to let you see her? What dangers might befall a feathered friend when he disappears for weeks, even months on end?

This is a tale of a natural friendship in the truest sense of the word. Lyrebird  also tracks how the Dandenongs began to change in the 1930s.

Lyrebird! A True Story is a must for bird and nature lovers, those interested in historical stories and anyone who simply enjoys a satisfying story.

To order, email publications(at)museum(dot)vic(dot)gov(dot)au.
Title: Lyrebird! A True Story
Author: Jackie Kerin
Illustrator: Peter Gouldthorpe
Publisher: Museum Victoria, $16.95 RRP
Publication Date: 2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921833045
For ages: Middle Primary upwards
Type: Picture Book