Regular readers will have noticed that Mum loves children’s books. With the lead up to our first Christmas in Australia, we’re gradually getting to know the Aussie versions of popular stories and songs. I recently attended my son’s Christmas concert and witnessed a great Aussie bush dance, and pitch perfect rendition of Christmas where the gum trees grow.
I’ve said before that books are a great way to immerse the entire family in your new culture and surroundings; here are five Australian themed books for children that will make sure you get into the Aussie spirit of things this Christmas.
1. Santa’s Aussie Holiday by Maria Farrer and Anna Walker is a great way to familiarise your children with the geography of Australia, and to fill their imagination with what Santa is doing when he’s not getting ready for Christmas.
2. An Aussie Night Before Christmas by Yvonne Morrison and Kilmeny Niland – With kangaroos called Kylie and Skipper pulling Santa’s ute, and his exclamation of “Goodonya Mate!” at the end of the story, there’s no mistaking the Australian theme of this verse. Available as a pop-up and board book.
3. Aussie Jingle Bells by Colin Buchanan and Nick Bland [with CD] is a humorous Aussie version of this Christmas classic; the book comes with a CD.
4. Emily and the Big Bad Bunyip by Jackie French. You’ll recognise Jackie French as the author of popular Australian children’s books such as Diary of a Wombat. In Emily and the Big Bad Bunyip the animals in Shaggy Gully are trying to make Bunyip smile in time for Christmas.
5. Wombat Divine by Mem Fox (author of the wonderful Possum Magic and A Giraffe in the Bath) – Wombat Divinve is the story of Wombat who wants to play every part in the nativity play, which role will suit him best?
For an extra special treat or gift, Fishpond is selling The Ultimate Aussie Christmas ($46) – four books and a CD which includes; An Aussie Night Before Christmas, An Aussie Day Before Christmas, Santa’s Aussie Holiday, and Aussie Jingle Bells.