Welcome to Children's Corner book reviews from 4MBS Classic Radio FM in Brisbane. Here you will find short annotations of the children's books reviewed by Kerry Neary in Children's Corner on 4MBS, together with the details you need to find them at your favourite bookstore. Any prices shown are the publisher's Australian recommended price and may vary depending on where you shop. You are welcome to use these reviews for newsletters and the like with appropriate acknowledgement.

Mar 13, 2016

Splosh for the billabong                                                                      Summer rain

Ros Moriarty, illustrated by Balarinji Studio
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760112127; 9781760112110
RRP: $12.99 ea.

This companion pair for early literacy education invites readers into the spirit of country with lyrical text and vibrant illustration. Splosh describes the animals living around the billabong, filled with sound words and descriptors. Summer rain tells the story of the changes that happen as the wet season moves into the Top End in a palette of colour contrasts that draw the eye. The drawings are done in contemporary indigenous style with inspiration from the traditional dot and x-ray styles. The translation of the text at the end of the book in Yanyuwa language from the NT will intrigue all readers of these books.

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