Monday, February 28, 2011

D is for Down Under: An Australian Alphabet

Looking for an inexpensive get-away from winter? Check out D is for Down Under: An Australian Alphabet! In Australia, summer is holding strong right now!

Scillian, Devin.
D is for Down Under: An Australian Alphabet.
August 2010.
Sleeping Bear Press.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

As part of the Around the World tour, Sleeping Bear press has now "visited" Australia, the land down under! From A to Z, each letter of the alphabet reaches out to explore the rugged landscapes, history, and lifestyles of Australians and the land down under. There is a wealth of information to be shared in this book, and children will find most of the information amazing and full of awe. Surely this is a wonderful book to include in a study of different countries around the world or if you're looking to escape winter here in the United States, there's no better time to pick up this book for a read - summer is just beginning to wind down in Australia!

Learning/Reading Activity:
  • Using a globe, show your child where Australia is located. Talk about it in relation to the United States.
  • Watch some childrens' movies, such as Finding Nemo, which are set in Australia.
  • Explore Australia using National Geographic Kids. You'll find facts, photos, videos, maps and more!
  • You can also find out more about Australia from Sleeping Bear Press. They have put out a Teaching Guide that is full of wonderful activities!

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Hi Katie! Great to have you stop by and comment at

We highlight and GIVE AWAY great children's literature each week. Our goal is to get books into the hands of children, parents and teachers. Looks like we have the same goal! :)I'm was also a reading recovery teacher so I share strategies for early literacy and FREE printable books that would be great for you head start kiddos. Hope to see you again at waddlee-ah-chaa.

I'm going to look into your book recommendation. We always check out tons of books from the library and we love learning about our world and other countries.