Dispatches from Lockdown #2

Just about all the men we know have grown beards, if they didn't have one already, and many are sporting razor cuts or obvious amateur jobs. It's desperate days when your husband gets his 16 year old daughter to razor cut his hair. It doesn't look too bad, actually, despite my initial horror when he … Continue reading Dispatches from Lockdown #2

Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald

Helen Macdonald is a British writer, poet, naturalist and historian of science. Vesper Flights was published in 2020 and is a collection of forty-one of short essays that point the reader to ways of seeing the world from a different perspective to their own.Hard science gives us evidence of the harm that results from our … Continue reading Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald

Narrative Non-Fiction Books for Young Readers: Australian Animals

I\'m always on the look out for good narrative non-fiction books for children. I really like some of the Australian Natural History picture books that are available now that combine factual content within a story. I've previously written about one of these books, 'Emu' written by Claire Saxby and illustrated by Graham Byrne, that is … Continue reading Narrative Non-Fiction Books for Young Readers: Australian Animals

Nature Study: Spring in Australia

Hails and I finished our 6 week Natural History Illustration course offered by the University of Newcastle this month.  Covid has opened up some online educational opportunities that were't available to us before, and they've been free, too. A bush walk during the first week in spring was too early to spot many wildflowers but … Continue reading Nature Study: Spring in Australia

'Nature will not give up her secrets to the man in a hurry.'

We have this tree at the bottom of our long driveway. I pass it at least once a day when I check the mailbox and I've noticed it had some deep pink/crimson flowers on it from time to time and that it was evergreen. And that was it.Not long ago Moozle was looking around the … Continue reading 'Nature will not give up her secrets to the man in a hurry.'

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell (1956)

  Gerald Durrell, (1925-1995) a pioneering naturalist, conservationist, and author, was born in India in 1925, the youngest of four children. Both his parents were of British descent but were also born in India, and having a limited experience of England, considered India to be their true home. When Gerald was three years of age, … Continue reading My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell (1956)

Silvertail: The Story of a Lyrebird by Ina Watson; illustrations by Walter Cunningham (1946)

Silvertail is a lyrebird. As everything has a beginning, I am going to start by telling you where Silvertail lived, and about his people, for of course he had a family just as you have.   Silvertail, a superb lyrebird, was born in a forest deep in the hills of Southern Victoria. Suberb lyrebirds (Menura … Continue reading Silvertail: The Story of a Lyrebird by Ina Watson; illustrations by Walter Cunningham (1946)

AusRead Month 2016: Magpie Island by Colin Thiele; Illustrated by Roger Haldane

This is the third year that I've particiapted in Brona's Books November AusRead Month link-up - it's not too late to join in. This year I'll be focussing mostly on children's books. November is our month long celebration of all things Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Join us as we read, review and blog about Australian books … Continue reading AusRead Month 2016: Magpie Island by Colin Thiele; Illustrated by Roger Haldane

The Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton-Porter (1863-1924)

'Now a great adventure may be killing white hippopotami in Africa to one man and commanding his own soul for an hour to another. The reason a great adventure is an adventure is because things that happen are so very simple and so very natural. Why it is great is merely because one has not … Continue reading The Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton-Porter (1863-1924)

Teaching Children to Wonder & Admire: The Story Book of Science by Jean Henri Fabre

Ambleside Online uses The Story Book of Science by Jean Henri Fabre (1823-1915) in Year 4 and along with another Year 4 science title, Madame How & Lady Why (MHLW) the book generates many questions and discussions on the AO forum.          Fabre wrote this book in 1917, and many of the forum … Continue reading Teaching Children to Wonder & Admire: The Story Book of Science by Jean Henri Fabre