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Topsy-turvy World: How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers

Author:   Murray, Kirsty
Publisher:   National Library of Australia
ISBN:  

9780642277497


Pages:   100
Publication Date:   01 October 2012
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2013 CBCA EVE POWNALL AWARD HONOUR BOOK

To the first Europeans who came to Australia, everything seemed topsy turvy. Christmas was in the summer and trees shed their bark but not their leaves. And the animals were bizarre. There was a bird that laughed like a donkey and a type of greyhound that bound along on its hind legs like a hare. There was an animal in Tasmania whose nocturnal screeches sounded like the devil and a river creature that had a duckís bill at one end and a beaverís tail at the other.

The Europeans had never seen anything like these animals before and gave them names similar to those of the European creatures they already knew. They drew and painted odd pictures of them, showing they did not understand the animalsí habits. In one illustration, a wombat is standing on its back legs and in another a Tasmanian tiger is wrestling with a platypus of the same size.

Through factional stories of real characters and events, Kirsty Murray brings alive the wonder and excitement over the first European sightings of Australian animals and the misunderstandings they had about these creatures. Her dramatisations are followed by what we know today about the animalsí habits and by other fascinating facts about them.

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Author:   Murray, Kirsty
Publisher:   National Library of Australia
ISBN:  

9780642277497


Pages:   100
Publication Date:   01 October 2012
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
This item is in stock and will be dispatched immediately.

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Featuring illustrations from the National Library collection this book shares the excitement felt by Europeans when they first discovered Australia’s amazing diversity of native animals and birds. A delight and essential reading for any age.

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