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993

New
Fabulous fishes
Vibrantly coloured fish burst from some pages, while others dare you to see past their camouflage.
ISBN 9781921504556
Publisher Working Title Press, 2013
Stockdale, Susan
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18729
Fairytale cake, The
A cheerful rhyme about preparing, decorating and delivering a huge birthday cake.
ISBN 9781904442691
Publisher The Chicken House, 2005
Langley, Jonathan
No book cover.
1796
Family forest
Families come in all shapes and sizes, with half-sisters, big brothers, step-parents. While some kids have a family tree, others have a family forest.
ISBN 9781921564703
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2010
Kane, Kim & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
No book cover.
9626
Fancy that
The noises and the sounds from the fowl yard can be heard for miles around. Little red hen has a secret that makes her the star of the barnyard.
ISBN 9780140509717
Publisher Penguin, 1998
Topics / Australian Author /
Allen, Pamela
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8285
Farm
Find out about animals, crops and machines up close. Watch the farmer hard at work in the changing seasons.
ISBN 9781407131498
Publisher Scholastic US, 2012
Arlon, Penelope & Gordon-Harris, Tory
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617
Farm animals (Watch me grow)
Many interesting facts about farm animals and their life cycles. Easy to read with photographic illustrations.
ISBN 9781405310338
Series Watch me grow series (10 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2005
Dorling Kindersley
No book cover.
12068
Farmer duck
One little duck does all the work while the lazy old farmer stays in bed all day. The other farm animals decide to take action.
ISBN 9781564025968
Publisher Candlewick Press, 1996
Waddell, Martin & Oxenbury, Helen (ill)
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12466
Farmer Fred's cow
On Farmer Fred's farm, there are four old animals - Cow, Horse, Pig and Donkey. They have never been anywhere beyond the farm. Then, on the night Cow dies, something extraordinary happens and, for the first time, they imagine life beyond the farm.
ISBN 9780733307638
Publisher ABC Books, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
Wild, Margaret
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44650
Farmer in the dell, The
Sing along with this well-known nursery rhyme.
ISBN 9780859538862
Series Classic books with holes series (21 books)
Publisher Child's Play International Ltd, 2001
Adams, Pam (ill)
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9967
Farmer's hat, The
The farmer loves his dreamy, schemey, tickly wishful hat but it blew off his head and is now lost. Follow the farmer around his farm as he tracks down his whirling, whooshing hat.
ISBN 9781862918351
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Barnes, Kim L & Joyner, Andrew (ill)
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12459
Farmyard cat in trouble, The
Find out who spilt the milk, chased the goats and scared the chickens. Everyone thinks the farmyard cat is up to her old tricks again but that might not be fair.
ISBN 9780868968896
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1992
Anello, Christine & Thompson, Sharon (ill)
No book cover.
130924
Faster faster, nice and slow
Nick and Sue feature in parallel images showing opposites. Sometimes they are ideas and sometimes they are actions. They can be big and small or fast and slow.
ISBN 9780670894468
Publisher Penguin, 2005
Sharratt, Nick & Heap, Sue
No book cover.
988

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Fat Ferdie
Fat Ferdie is a scary beast because of what he likes to eat.
ISBN 9780670077168
Publisher Penguin, 2013
Topics / Australian Author /
Allen, Pamela
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120080
Fat Pat
Pat is a pampered pet until a visit to the vet has him on a diet. However Pat feels that his family doesn't love him any more and runs away.
ISBN 9780733322396
Publisher ABC Books, 2008
Niland, Kilmeny
No book cover.
12776
Father bear comes home
Little Bear's father is finally returning home from a long fishing trip. Four short stories about Little Bear, his friends and family.
ISBN 9780064440233
Publisher HarperTrophy, 1987
Minarik, Else Holmelund & Sendak, Maurice (ill)
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1667
Faust's party
Faust's family go off to have a picnic leaving him to mind the house. Unfortunately, Faust has some unexpected and unwanted visitors. Faust decides to enlist his friends to help protect the family home, creating an even bigger problem.
ISBN 9780733613562
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2001
Topics / Australian Author /
Ottley, Matt
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46564

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Fearsome, frightening, ferocious box, The
Open the box if you dare, but danger lies within, beware.
ISBN 9780733328916
Publisher ABC Books, 2013
Topics / Australian Author /
Watts, Frances & Legge, David (ill)
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26459
Feeling sad
Duck and little toy Dudley are feeling very sad. It is cold, cloudy and wet with not the smallest ray of sunshine. Frog tells her that the clouds will pass and she must look ahead. She does, and Duck feels happy in her new world full of colour.
ISBN 9781921150692
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Verroken, Sarah
No book cover.
7464
Feelings
An array of feelings are explored through the pages of Aliki's picture book using all kinds of illustrations and situations. It is a delightful book to share.
ISBN 9780688065188
Publisher Greenwillow, 1984
Aliki
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12478
Felix feels better
Felix ate too much chocolate and now he doesn't feel very well. Just look at his eyes. His lovely mummy tries to find lots of ways to make him feel better but in the end it's off to Doctor Duck.
ISBN 9780744589269
Publisher Walker Books, 2001
Wells, Rosemary
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15139
Fergal Onions
Fergal Onions has a television in every room and his life is shaped by the television schedule. One morning, he hears his young neighbour playing a tune on her violin and, in his quest to find out the origin of the familiar music, he discovers there's more to life than TV.
ISBN 9780702234484
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
Harrison, John
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Ferocious wild beasts
Jack's Mum has told him that the forest is full of ferocious, wild beasts. But, when he gets lost in the forest, Jack meets lots of friendly creatures who become worried when he warns them to be careful of the ferocious, wild beasts in the forest.
ISBN 9780224083522
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2009
Wormell, Chris
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62531
Fidgety itch, The
A rhyming tale about a mouse that gets an itch that he can't scratch. See if you can find out what's causing the itch.
ISBN 9781869439675
Publisher Scholastic New Zealand, 2010
Davey, Lucy & Cowley, Katz (ill)
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2645
Figaro and Rumba and the Crocodile Cafe
Figaro and Rumba are best friends. Figaro is a dog who loves to run like the wind. Rumba is a cat who once sang and danced in Cuba. When they catch the Very Fast Train that goes all the way to the beach, they meet a cunning crocodile with conga drums and an elegant satin waistcoat. Surely such a musical creature couldn't be a villain?
ISBN 9781742373119
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Fienberg, Anna and King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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Finn throws a fit
Finn usually likes peaches. But not today. Today, Finn doesn't like anything at all.
ISBN 9780763656041
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2011
Elliott, David & Ering, Timothy Basil (ill)
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72101
Firefighters, The
Mrs Iverson and her class pretend to be firefighters, just like the real ones, then they meet genuine firefighters and climb aboard a real fire engine. What fun!
ISBN 9781921529498
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Whiting, Sue & Rawlins, Donna (ill)
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3397
Fireman Sam: red alert
Norman learns a valuable lesson about how important it is not to be careless with drink bottles. Fireman Sam comes to the rescue after some misadventures himself, and shares his safety tips.
ISBN 9781405229340
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 2007
Egmont (pub)
No book cover.
12083
First day
A class of students from very different backgrounds are starting school. They're excited and a bit nervous, but they all get through in their own particular way. Alex's mum is going back to school again, too, and faces the same problems.
ISBN 9781864481105
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1998
Topics / Australian Author /
Wild, Margaret & Gamble, Kim (ill)
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15040
First day at school, The
The first day at school contains new experiences and can be a bit scary. Simple illustrations and relevant language will help younger students.
ISBN 9781903012550
Publisher Watts Publishing Group, 2002
Jagtenberg, Yvonne
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6599
First shapes in buildings
Features twelve buildings from around the world to show two and three-dimensional shapes such as the circle, square, rectangle, cube, pyramid and cylinder. This inventive book provides an introduction to finding shapes in real-life buildings and will inspire children to appreciate some of the world's great buildings.
ISBN 9781845076955
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2009
Topics / K-2 Numeracy /
Lane, Penny Ann
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3774
First the egg
This is a book about transformations, from egg to chicken, seed to flower and caterpillar to butterfly. But, it's also a book about creativity as paint becomes picture, word becomes story and commonplace becomes extraordinary.
ISBN 9781845079697
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2009
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro
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15976
First week at cow school
Marjorie, the cow, feels jolly proud when her daughter, Daisy, starts school. But, lessons aren't as easy as they seem. Daisy can't hoof paint or swat flies like the other cows, and cowpat training is a disaster. Yet, Marjorie soon discovers that Daisy has a surprising talent to make her stand out from the herd.
ISBN 9780007273386
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2011
Cutbill, Andy & Ayto, Russell (ill)
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15266
Fish (Marine life for young readers)
Very simple text with full page photographic illustrations that teach about fish. Contains a glossary and index.
ISBN 9780733912849
Series Marine life for young readers series (20 books)
Publisher Longman, 1999
Swartz, Stanley L & Yin, Robert (phot)
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15278
Fish and their babies (Marine life for young readers)
Very simple text with full page photographic illustrations that teach about fish and their babies. Contains a glossary and index.
ISBN 9780733926662
Series Marine life for young readers series (20 books)
Publisher Pearson Education Australia, 2001
Swartz, Stanley L & Yin, Robert (phot)
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15274
Fish that hide (Marine life for young readers)
Very simple text with full page photographic illustrations that teach about marine life such as fish that hide. Contains a glossary and index.
ISBN 9780733920721
Series Marine life for young readers series (20 books)
Publisher Pearson Education Australia, 2000
Swartz, Stanley L & Yin, Robert (phot)
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4803
Fishing trip, The
A wordless seafaring adventure about a chicken who would do anything for her family. Chicken, Fox and their soon-to-hatch egg are a happy family but there is nothing to eat. Chicken leaves the island to catch some food but the ocean is a dangerous place.
ISBN 9781877579240
Publisher Gecko Press, 2012
Rodriguez, Beatrice
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32200
Fitness secrets of rugby league
Rugby league players, such as Preston Campbell from the Gold Coast Titans, have to work hard to stay fit enough for first grade football. Find out what he does to get and stay fit.
Series Rugby League Reads K-2 (5 books)
Publisher National Rugby League, 2010
Hirsch, Suzan
No book cover.
36282
Five little ducks
Count along as, one by one, the little ducks don't come back when their mother calls them.
ISBN 9780859539357
Series Classic books with holes series (21 books)
Publisher Child's Play International Ltd, 2002
Topics / K-2 Numeracy /
Ives, Penny (ill)
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4109
Five little men in a flying saucer
When five little men from Outer Space come to visit Earth, they don't like what they see. Finding a spoiled and neglected planet, the little men fly away, one by one.
ISBN 9781904550303
Series Classic books with holes series (21 books)
Publisher Child's Play International Ltd, 2005
Crisp, Dan (ill)
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2864
Five little owls
Five beautiful owls with moonlight in their eyes find several animals playing a game in their woods. The owls give their help to all, from the tiny, dusky field mice to the orange-bellied swamp frogs in this beautifully poetic, predictable story.
ISBN 9781921042553
Publisher New Frontier Publishing, 2007
Carthew, Mark & Goss, Mini (ill)
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9944
Flame stands waiting
Flame is a beautiful, golden carousel horse with a sad heart. Unlike the other horses, Flame is built to stand still. Children choose to ride on the turning, dancing horses and Flame is left waiting. One day, a little girl, who has always dreamed of riding the beautiful horses, comes to ride the carousel.
ISBN 9781742030951
Publisher Black Dog Books, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Fenton, Corinne & Ciaffaglione, Sebastian (ill)
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1722
Flight of the bumblebee
Bumblebee has no sense of direction and, when he flies, he can't land and bumps into things. Then, one of the bees suggests that Bumblebee practise his flying to music. While you read, listen to the CD of the Flight of the Bumblebee which accompanies the book.
ISBN 9781921042034
Publisher New Frontier Publishing, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Edwards, Hazel & Goss, Mini (ill)
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Flip-up fairy tales series
Retelling of well-known fairy tales. Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Flip-up fairy tales series (28 books)
Various
No book cover.
71129
Flood, The
Mrs Farmer loves her animals and takes them all inside during the floods. They get into no end of mischief and enjoy themselves, so much so that when the water subsides they are loathe to leave. After a stint in their own domain Mrs Farmer invites them all back again.
ISBN 9781921136214
Publisher Windy Hollow Books, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Gray, Nigel & Hurst, Elise (ill)
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12150
Fly went by, A
A mad dash of animals appears to be started by one fly going by. This predictable, rhyming text supports early readers and deals with unfounded fears in a humorous way.
ISBN 9780001713055
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 1983
McClintock, Mike
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40241
Flying orchestra, The
This whimsical, beautifully illustrated book explores the concept that there is a magical orchestra that performs the soundtrack of our lives, and is always there to highlight meaning in even the most mundane of moments, no matter the time or place.
ISBN 9780702237041
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
McFadden, Clare
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2795
Foggy, foggy forest, The
Innovative, picture book with ingenious, transparent pages inspiring the young listener to try to imagine what might be in the foggy, foggy forest from its intriguing shadow. Lots of familiar storybook characters are out in the dark woods today. Turn the page and see if your imagination is wilder than that of illustrator, Nick Sharratt.
ISBN 9781406303377
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Sharratt, Nick
No book cover.
12116
Follow that bus
Two bank robbers find more than they bargained for when they encounter a group of second graders visiting a farm.
ISBN 9780099932208
Publisher Red Fox, 1992
Hutchins, Pat
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14987
Food for thought
Shapes, colours, numbers, letters and opposites are all illustrated quaintly with fruit and vegetables.
ISBN 9780439110181
Publisher Arthur A Levine Books, 2005
Topics / K-2 Numeracy /
Freymann, Saxton
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14476
For all creatures
This is a tribute to all the creatures of the world, the great and the small, the winged and the walking, the singing and the silent.
ISBN 9781921529818
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Millard, Glenda & Cool, Rebecca (ill)
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15444
For every child
Fourteen of the most pertinent rights of the child, carefully chosen from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and retold simply. Each right has been interpreted in a stunning double-page spread by some of the world's most acclaimed artists.
ISBN 9780099408659
Publisher Red Fox, 2002
Castle, Caroline (adapt)
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15215
Forests (Habitats of the world)
Simple text, suitable for an independent reader, with beautifully presented photographic illustrations, looking at examples of the plant and animal life that inhabit forests. Includes good information, a glossary of terms and an index.
ISBN 9780733924514
Series Habitats of the world series (10 books)
Publisher Pearson Education Australia, 2000
Topics / Environment /
Ballance, Alison
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18730
Found you, little wombat
Little Wombat is playing hide and seek with his friends. When it is his turn to seek out his friends, he becomes lost.
ISBN 9781862334243
Publisher Gullane Children's Books Ltd, 2003
McAllister, Angela
No book cover.
4747
Foxly's feast
Foxly's tummy is rumbling. He's looking for a fantastic feast and Foxly's on the hunt for things to include. He visits the farmyard, the fish pond and the rabbit's burrow. But, maybe, there's more to Foxly than meets the eye.
ISBN 9781921690594
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2010
Davey, Owen
No book cover.
Frances series
Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books and up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the online booklists for the PRC ID of the individual books in this series.
Series Frances series (7 books)
Hoban, Russell
No book cover.
11003
Freda the free-range chook
Freda is bored with life in the henhouse. She wants to see the world and have adventures. So, she sneaks away from her hen friends and power-walks to the creek. Freda soon finds that life outside the farmyard can be a challenge but, because she is such a gifted chook, such a thinking chook, she manages to get out of trouble. That is, until Freda gets stuck.
ISBN 9780143306870
Series Aussie nibbles (39 books)
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Metzenthen, David & Axelsen, Stephen (ill)
No book cover.
1159
Fredrik goes bananas
Fredrik Lotsie lives on Snowsmoke Island where the only thing to eat is fish. Fish for breakfast, fish for lunch, fish for dinner. But Fredrik has a terrible secret, he's sick of eating fish. He comes up with a plan to fix his fishy problem but, while he's hard at work, everyone else just thinks he's gone bananas.
ISBN 9781741691139
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Firth, Melissa & Orsini, Cheryl
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15223
Freshwater (Habitats of the world)
Simple text, suitable for an independent reader, with beautifully presented photographic illustrations, looking at examples of the plant and animal life that inhabit fresh water. Includes good information, a glossary of terms and an index.
ISBN 9780733924545
Series Habitats of the world series (10 books)
Publisher Pearson Education Australia, 2000
Topics / Environment /
Ballance, Alison
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18402
Friends
An appealing story about two friends who look after each other.
ISBN 9780340656006
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2005
Cave, Kathryn & Maland, Nick (ill)
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Friends for keeps
Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen..
Series Friends for keeps (6 books)
Quay, Emma & Walker, Anna (ill)
No book cover.
18551
Friends of Apple Street, The
On Apple Street, the sun is shining and six friends are each doing what they like best of all. But, then pitter, patter, plop, splat, it's raining in Apple Street. Yhe six friends might have to change their plans.
ISBN 9780734409591
Publisher Thomas C Lothian Pty Ltd, 2006
Topics / Australian Author /
Pignataro, Anna
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130958
Frog (Watch me grow)
Many interesting facts about frogs and their life cycles. Easy to read with photographs.
ISBN 9781405301619
Series Watch me grow series (10 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2003
Dorling Kindersley
No book cover.
4550
Frog prince, The
A retelling of the much-loved fairy tale, with surprises under each lift-up flap.
ISBN 9781846430770
Series Flip-up fairy tales series (28 books)
Publisher Child's Play International Ltd, 2007
Stockham, Jess (ill)
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Frog who lost his underpants, The
Hopping through the jungle, this way, that way, Frog is in a frenzy, scattering the ants. Teddy's looking too now, this place, that place, will they ever find those jolly underpants.
ISBN 9781921977893
Publisher Walker Books, 2013
Topics / Australian Author /
MacIver, Juliette & Chapman, Cat (ill)
No book cover.
12234
From chick to chicken
Chicks emerge from their eggs and grow fluffy down and then their first real wing feathers. The farmer and vet take a keen interest in the animals and the breeding process. Both free-range and confined chickens, egg layers and broilers are shown.
ISBN 9780739844274
Publisher Raintree, 2002
Powell, Jillian
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18305
From kitten to cat (How do they grow)
Beautifully-illustrated book tracing the growth from kitten to cat and how to look after them. Includes an index and contents.
ISBN 9780750238625
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2001
Powell, Jillian
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12235
From piglet to pig
A sow gives birth to many tiny, squealing piglets. They grow quickly and are soon playing and searching for their own food in the soil. The book traces the life of the piglets as they grow and change into adults and explains how piglets are born.
ISBN 9780750238168
Publisher Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd, 2001
Powell, Jillian
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12465
Full moon barnyard dance
The barnyard animals can't sleep. Deciding that a dance would be enjoyable, they line up two by two. As clouds cover the moon, the animals find it difficult to see their dancing partners. When the sky clears, the animals are dismayed.
ISBN 9780763618780
Publisher Candlewick Press, 2003
Schaefer, Carole Lexa & Davenier, Christine (ill)
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8046

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Funky chicken: a bushy tale of crocs and chooks
Funky chicken is deemed the most unique of all animals, but croc takes a liking to him for all the wrong reasons.
ISBN 9780987450708
Publisher Funkybooks, 2013
Topics / Australian Author /
Collin, Chris & Kitchin, Megan (ill)
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