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Pros and Cons of Being a Frog

By: Sue deGennaro

A little girl likes dressing up and pretending to be an animal. At first she was a cat but her dog would chase her all the time. Then Camille suggested maybe a different animal would be better. So these two new friends, who really are very different, set out to find our heroine the perfect animal to be.

This is a wonderful and slightly whimsical book about friendship. Two very little girls are at the heart of this story. One likes to dress up and imagine and the other loves maths and numbers (even to the point of singing her times tables – which as a parent I think is great behaviour to model). Together they have success and sadly a disagreement but it all works out in the end. An adorable story accompanied by illustrations that are fun and a little quirky.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 April 2012

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Friendship, Imagination

ISBN 13: 9781742830636

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The Emperor’s New Clothes Horse

By: Tony Wilson & Sue deGennaro

The Emperor loves horses, he loves to race them and he has won everything except one race. He is desperate to win the cup and so he sends out trainers high and low to find him his new champion. Then one day some strange new trainers turn up with what they claim is a magic horse and only those who are exceptional in their jobs will see it for the magnificent beast it is. There’s one little boy though who isn’t fooled by what is going on, will he be heard?

A twist on the old fairy tale and a fun one at that. There’s no parade or nudity just an old wooden clothes horse. I found this quite fun even knowing the original and young children who have never heard this before will be laughing at the silliness of the Emperor. The pictures were wonderfully complimentary to the overall light hearted tone of this book.  A silly little tale.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 May 2012

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Humour, Truth

ISBN 13: 9781742830452

Purchase: here or use Booktopia logo on side of page

‘The Tomorrow Book’ Wins Environment Award

The 2011 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature has been awarded to The Tomorrow Book by Jackie French and Sue deGennaro (HarperCollins).

This award was established in 1993 and for a book to be eligible it has to encourage caring for the natural environment.

The Society said in a statement that The Tomorrow Book ‘is a story of ideas and hope, demonstrating possible solutions to water conservation, consumer waste, pollution and wildlife protection.’

‘While the tone of the book is imaginative and light-hearted, it promotes a thoughtful and creative approach to environmental problems.’

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