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Mar 05 2018

Alcheringa Snow by Toni Cary

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Little Steps Publishing, 2017. ISBN 9780980723724
(Age: All) Highly recommended. Picture book. Alcheringa Snow is told from the perspective of Francine, a French Pyrenees dog. She is a huge mountain dog who dreams of climbing mountains. Francine is a dreamer and so are her friends. There is Banjo the green and golden bell frog who dreams of riding a snowboard. Readers can learn about how this type of frog spends the winter. Then there is shy Colin the copperhead snake who dreams of the coming spring. Find out where Colin sleeps when it is cold and when it is hot. Anna and Amy are echidnas and they dream of ants. The two wombats dream of eating grass all year round. Keep reading to find out about the dreams of magpies, cockatoos, wallabies and kangaroos.
Alcheringa Snow is a gorgeous picture book for readers of any age. The pictures are detailed real-life paintings that will invoke lots of conversation even before the words are read. The descriptive vocabulary is ideal for independent readers due to the great adjectives and descriptions of the animal's antics. Younger readers will enjoy this book as a read-a-loud before bed or even in the classroom. The story would make a great addition to any English program or descriptive writing unit. Alcheringa Snow would also be good in a Science program based on Biological Sciences and the study of Australian animals.
It is highly recommended for all readers.
Kylie Kempster

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