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121610
Panda (watch me grow)
Discover how pandas grow through an animal's eye view and learn about the cycle of life in the natural world.
ISBN 9781405328678
Series Watch me grow series (10 books)
Dorling Kindersley
No book cover.
64164
Pants
A colourful and hilarious celebration of pants which will appeal to the very young. Each double-page depicts a different type of pants. There are also musical versions of this book.
ISBN 9780552548335
Publisher Corgi Books, 2003
Andreae, Giles & Sharratt, Nick (ill)
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12246
Papa, please get the moon for me
A little girl, Monica, sees the moon from her bedroom window and wants to play with it. Her father sets out to bring it to her - it isn't easy to climb to the moon.
ISBN 9780689829598
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 1999
Carle, Eric
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1263

New
Parachute
The parachute is the first thing Toby puts on each morning. It gives him the courage to deal with all kinds of tricky situations, such as getting out of bed and riding his bike. But sometimes someone else's trouble can be greater than your own and they need his parachute more than he does.
ISBN 9781921894206
Publisher Little Hare Books, 2013
Topics / Australian Author /
Parker, Danny & Ottley, Matt (ill)
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12067
Park in the dark, The
Deserted parks seem exciting places after dark. The toy monkey and his friends, Loopy, the elephant and Little Gee, the dog, creep out of the bedroom as the moon rises. But, when the night train comes to chase them, they all run home.
ISBN 9780744594089
Publisher Walker Books, 2002
Waddell, Martin & Firth, Barbara (ill)
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4887
Parrot carrot
See what happens when you mix animals that rhyme with objects and then illustrate them. Lots of mixed-up animals and humour.
ISBN 9781742376868
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Temple, Jol & Temple, Kate & Foye, Jon (ill)
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528
Particular cow, A
The particular cow in this story is everything the word conveys. She is individual, special, specific and noteworthy but she is not very good at taking care which leads to riotous catastrophes.
ISBN 9780152002503
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books, 2006
Fox, Mem & Denton, Terry (ill)
No book cover.
3281
Passing on
A boy shares a very special bond with his grandma and his life changes when she dies. The book shows how he deals with his grief, how he can think lovingly about the people who have died and pass on memories and feelings.
ISBN 9780091840839
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2001
Topics / Australian Author /
Dumbleton, Mike & Denton, Terry (ill)
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34021
Patricia
Patricia's head was filled with wonderful, amazing thoughts. All she needed was someone to share them with.
ISBN 9781865049380
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2006
Topics / Australian Author /
King, Stephen Michael
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12168
Peace at last
Mr Bear spends the night searching for enough peace and quiet to get a little sleep.
ISBN 9780803767577
Publisher Dial Books (Penguin), 1984
Murphy, Jill
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64577
Peace book, The
Discover the many different things that can mean peace to different people. See if you agree, or tell someone what peace means to you.
ISBN 9780733319761
Publisher ABC Books, 2004
Parr, Todd
No book cover.
9630
Pear in the pear tree, The
When John and Jane go out walking, what do they see? They see a pear in the pear tree. The problems of how to get the pear from a branch that is too high for them sets in motion a funny and unlikely chain of events.
ISBN 9780140564976
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Topics / Australian Author /
Allen, Pamela
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25822
Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley
Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley are friends, really great friends, much to the amazement of others because the two are so different in personality. The book looks at how their differences make their friendship so strong.
ISBN 9780670070947
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Blabey, Aaron
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2717
Pecan pie baby
Gia is tired of hearing about the new baby. It hasn't even been born yet, but everyone, even her friends, seem fixated on it. Gia thinks things are fine just the way they are and is worried about what's going to happen to her nice, cosy life with Mama.
ISBN 9780399239878
Publisher Putnam, 2010
Woodson, Jacqueline & Blackall, Sophie (ill)
No book cover.
34219
Peeking ducks
Three young ducklings live with their parents and sister on a quiet stream. Ignoring instructions against exploring too far, the trio investigate the much larger River Li, where they soon find out how much they still need to learn to be safe.
ISBN 9781921136450
Publisher Windy Hollow Books, 2010
Bell, Krista & Rippin, Sally (ill)
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9618
Peepo
On each page, there is a clever hole to peep through so you can see what the baby sees.
ISBN 9780670871766
Publisher Penguin, 1997
Ahlberg, Janet & Allan
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30138
Peggy
Peggy lives in a small house in a quiet street. One blustery day a big gust of wind sweeps down and scoops up leaves, twigs and... Peggy! The wind blows Peggy into the city where she discovers strange new things, but how will she find her way back home?
ISBN 9781742832708
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Walker, Anne
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2824
Penguin
Ben just can't seem to get the response he wants to out of his toy, Penguin. When it's needed, Penguin shows himself to be a toy of action with his own special way of talking.
ISBN 9781844280650
Publisher Walker Books, 2007
Dunbar, Polly
No book cover.
15972
Perfect present, The
Henry has the perfect pet, a duck called Spot, who thinks he's found the perfect present for Henry's birthday. But, when the big day comes, Henry's grandparents arrive with a perfect present of their own, a strange and wobbling box. This could change things between Spot and Henry forever.
ISBN 9780670074761
Publisher Penguin Books Australia, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Roberton, Fiona
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42245
Perky little penguins
Follow the delightful little penguins as they slide and jump and waddle around in their world of ice and snow.
ISBN 9781846163388
Publisher Orchard Books, 2007
Mitton, Tony & Parker-Rees, Guy (ill)
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15101
Pet fish
Tells how to keep fish as pets and contains lots of fishy facts.
ISBN 9780822512677
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group, 2003
Nelson, Robin
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15102
Pet guinea pig
Introductory book on how to keep a guinea pig as a pet plus lots of facts about the animals.
ISBN 9780822512684
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group, 2003
Nelson, Robin
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24467
Pied Piper of Hamelin, The
A retelling of the much-loved fairy tale, with surprises under each lift-up flap.
ISBN 9781846434808
Series Flip-up fairy tales series (28 books)
Publisher Child's Play International Ltd, 2012
Vasquez, Natalia
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723
Pig called Pete, A
Pete zooms, glides and hovers as he takes the reader on a journey to exotic places. Unlike ordinary pigs, Pete is purple and has wings.
ISBN 9780980283662
Series Pig called Pete, A (1 of 5)
Publisher JoJo Publishing, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Bowater, Alan & Pascoe, Pete (ill)
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Pig called Pete, A
Humorous series about Australian animals. Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books; up to five more can be read as personal choice books. See Series lists for individual titles.
Series Pig called Pete, A (5 books)
Bowater, Alan & Pascoe, Pete (ill)
No book cover.
12480
Pig gets lost
Curly, the pig, goes missing. Mrs Boots, Sam, Poppy and Rusty, the dog, must find him. It's a very muddy job.
ISBN 9780746063149
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2005
Amery, Heather & Cartwright, Stephen(ill)
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12061
Pig in the pond, The
Neligan's pig sits by the pond, watching the ducks and geese play on the cool water. The pig gets hotter and hotter and the ducks and geese get louder and louder. The pig has to find a solution to this problem.
ISBN 9780744543919
Publisher Walker Books, 1966
Waddell, Martin & Barton, Jill (ill)
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7525
Pig's knickers, The
Pig loves his polka-dot knickers and can't stop showing them off. His friends tell him he is extraordinary, but will they still think so when disaster strikes.
ISBN 9781406316247
Publisher Walker Books, 2010
Emmett, Jonathan & Cabban, Vanessa (ill)
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15027
Pigeon finds a hot dog, The
The pigeon is thrilled when it finds a hot dog. A duckling asks the pigeon what hot dogs taste like. Perhaps, one of them will outsmart the other and get to eat the hot dog.
ISBN 9781844280476
Publisher Walker Books, 2005
Willems, Mo
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100977
Pigeon wants a puppy, The
Pigeon decides he really wants a puppy to care for. When he comes face to face with a real one, pigeon's choice of pet changes.
ISBN 9781406315509
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Willems, Mo
No book cover.
31479
Piglet and Granny
Piglet loves his Granny and has been waiting all day for her to visit. Cow, horse, duck and sheep all think she'll be here soon but Piglet wonders what is taking her so long to arrive.
ISBN 9781921504020
Publisher Working Title Press, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Wild, Margaret & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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12414
Piglet and mama
Piglet has lost her mama. Everyone wants to help - Duck, Sheep, Donkey, Dog, Horse and Cat. But, Piglet won't be consoled until she finds her mama.
ISBN 9781876288426
Publisher Working Title Press, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
Wild, Margaret & King, Stephen Michael (ill)
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130953
Piglet and Papa
Little piglet is feeling insecure. Horse, sheep, donkey, duck and dog make her feel loved but there is someone else who loves her a billion times more.
ISBN 9781876288754
Publisher Working Title Press, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Wild, Margaret & King, Stephen Michael
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12406
Pigs don't fly
Lift the flap to find out all the things farm animals love to do.
ISBN 9780864613981
Publisher Koala Books, 2003
Topics / Australian Author /
French, Jackie
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15026
Pipkin of pepper, A
Duck and Squirrel go to the big city to buy salt for their pumpkin soup. But, Duck thinks it will taste better with a pipkin of pepper and that is how he gets lost. A delicious sequel to Pumpkin Soup.
ISBN 9780385600071
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2004
Cooper, Helen
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37299
Place to call home, A
The baby hamsters have outgrown their home, an old mattress, so it's time to find a new one. They go on a mission across the garden, in various funny disguises so they're not attacked. Their quest takes them through a puddle that looks as big as the sea, across the sand, which they think is a desert, and the most dangerous part of all is getting past the beast.
ISBN 9781406323023
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Deacon, Alexis & Schwarz, Viviane (ill)
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12047
Playmates
Ben gets a little, bouncy puppy to love.
ISBN 9780140541472
Publisher Viking Children's, 2002
Tanner, Jane
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14996
Ploo and the terrible gnobbler
Ploo must face the terrible Gnobbler to rescue the moon. If he can't, day will never come and there will be no oggs for breakfast on Blue Nose Island.
ISBN 9780340879009
Publisher Hodder Children's Books (Australia), 2004
Inkpen, Mick
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63900
Pobble's way
Daddy and Pobble discover a butterfly raft and frog umbrellas on their walk through the forest. When Pobble drops something, the animals all have a suggestion as to its purpose. A book for all who love to imagine alternative uses for things.
ISBN 9780979974663
Publisher Flashlight Press, 2010
Booy, Simon Van & Edelson, Wendy (ill)
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802
Pocketful of posies: a treasury of nursery rhymes
A collection of classic nursery rhymes, beautifully illustrated with incredibly detailed, embroidered fabric and cloth scenes.
ISBN 9780618737406
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books, 2010
Mavor, Salley
No book cover.
12139
Pog
Pog is a warty, bug-eyed monster who is terrified of children. One day, he comes face to face with his worst nightmare. An engaging twist to the story of a child who is about to start school and is still scared of monsters.
ISBN 9781862914124
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2000
Topics / Australian Author /
Lee, Lyn & Gamble, Kim
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18388
Pog and the birdies
Cats stop chasing birds so they can enjoy their songs.
ISBN 9781843624967
Publisher Orchard Books, 2005
Simmons, Jane
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15047
Polar express, The
A small boy boards a train with other children and travels across snow covered country to the North Pole. He receives a silver bell from Santa as the first Christmas present of the year.
ISBN 9780862641436
Publisher Andersen Press Ltd, 1985
Van Allsburg, Chris
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15221
Polar regions (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 polar regions. Includes good information, a glossary of terms and an index.
ISBN 9780733924491
Series Habitats of the world series (10 books)
Publisher Pearson Education Australia, 2000
Topics / Environment /
Ballance, Alison
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3479
Ponkidoodle
At night, Ponkidoodle keeps watch over the family home. He's very friendly and happy, and his antics are hilarious. Nocturnal by nature, Ponkidoodle likes to hang out on top of the roof, underneath the house, in the kitchen and, sometimes, even in the loo. But, despite his comical capers, what Ponkidoodle loves more than anything, is protecting children.
ISBN 9781921042881
Publisher Little Steps Publishing, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
McMullin, Neridah & Pocock, Aaron (ill)
No book cover.
7614
Pooka
From the moment she's discovered on the doorstep, everyone loves Pooka. She's the best dog ever. Grandad warns the family not to get attached but it's too late for that.
ISBN 9781921504372
Publisher Working Title Press, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Chataway, Carol & Rycroft, Nina (ill)
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3453
Poor fish
There's something wrong with Brendan's fish. A story about football, friends and a fish with nine lives.
ISBN 9780141306650
Series Aussie nibbles (39 books)
Publisher Penguin, 2000
Topics / Australian Author /
Godwin, Jane
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22515
Poppy wash
Poppy loves her job of dragon cleaning and one special dragon makes her realise it's not just the cleaning she loves.
ISBN 9780733325212
Publisher ABC Books, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Brown, Kerry & Pike, Michelle (ill)
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21703
Poppy's gift
Oswin is a common cricket, far too common for the vain and beautiful poppy, She does not care for his courting. When her fair-weather friends leave her, Oswin is her last remaining admirer.
ISBN 9781921136924
Publisher Windy Hollow Books, 2006
Topics / Australian Author /
Kuchling, Guundie
No book cover.
2021
Possum and wattle: my big book of Australian words
This book explores the natural, rich landscape of Australia through Bundjalung woman's eyes. The Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal words are printed alongside each vibrant image of flora and fauna. A glossary of Indigenous words such as willy-willy, that are now part of everyday use, are included.
ISBN 9781921272585
Publisher Little Hare Books, 2008
Bancroft, Bronwyn
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12280
Possum in the house
This nameless possum creates havoc, and many sounds, crunch, clatter, rip, rustle, as he races through a house avoiding capture.
ISBN 9780949130020
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2000
Jensen, Kiersten & Oliver, Tony (ill)
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3467
Possum magic
Grandma Poss uses bush magic to make Hush invisible but, when Hush wants to see herself again, Grandma can't remember which particular Australian food is needed to reverse the spell.
ISBN 9781862910959
Publisher Omnibus Books, 1991
Topics / Australian Author /
Fox, Mem & Vivas, Julie (ill)
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18310
Postman's dog, The
Features lovable dogs, a lonely postman and a big-hearted multicultural community.
ISBN 9781741142525
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2005
Topics / Australian Author /
Shanahan, Lisa & Harris, Wayne (ill)
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9631
Potato people, The
Every Friday, Jack spends the day with Grandma. They play, read stories and eat cake. Then, one cold and rainy Friday, they make two little people using potatoes, toothpicks and scraps of fabric.
ISBN 9780670896608
Publisher Penguin, 2002
Topics / Australian Author /
Allen, Pamela
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7459
Pout-pout fish, The
A fish with a pout-pout face is spreading the dreary-wearies all over the place. We need to turn this fish's frown upside down.
ISBN 9781742830063
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2011
Diesen, Deborah & Hanna, Dan (ill)
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32786
Press here
Press here. That's right, just press the yellow dot. Now turn the page.
ISBN 9781742375281
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2011
Tullet, Herve
No book cover.
3494
Prince Cinders
Prince Cinders leads a hard life as he spends all his time cleaning up after his three brothers who bully him. One night, his luck changes when a small, dirty fairy falls down the chimney and promises that his wishes will come true.
ISBN 9780140555257
Publisher Puffin UK, 1987
Cole, Babette
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50768
Princess and her panther, The
What do you get when you take one brave, big sister, one not-so-brave little sister, a spooky night-time backyard, and heaps of imagination? The most magnificent camp-out ever. The perfect story for chasing away the spooky shadows of the night.
ISBN 9781742374246
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Orr, Wendy & Stringer, Lauren (ill)
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8040
Princess and the packet of frozen peas, The
Once upon a time, there was a prince called Henrik who wanted to fall in love and get married. He was an outdoorsy type and he hoped that the princess he married would like hockey and camping. But, it's not easy to find a real princess.
ISBN 9781741693362
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Topics / Australian Author /
Wilson, Tony & deGennaro, Sue (ill)
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58471
Princess and the pea, The
Retold from the original tale, this traditional story will captivate readers with its delightful illustrations and lift-up flaps.
ISBN 9781846433269
Series Flip-up fairy tales series (28 books)
Publisher Child's Play International Ltd, 2009
Stockham, Jess (ill)
No book cover.
2257
Princess Pigsty
Princess Isabella is so defiant her father, the King, tries to punish her by taking away her princess privileges. But, Princess Isabella discovers she likes doing chores. In the end, her father's love helps Isabella find the right life for her.
ISBN 9781905294329
Publisher Chicken House, 2007
Funke, Cornelia & Meyer, Kerstin(ill), Wright, Chantal (trans)
No book cover.
118684
Promise is a promise, A
After a long winter's hibernation, Bruno, the marmot, wakes to discover a beautiful dandelion outside his burrow. The two become friends and play together until summer when the dandelion asks Bruno to trust her even though she wants his help to disappear.
ISBN 9780698400405
Publisher Penguin, 2006
Knister, Tharlet, Eve (ill) & Bishop, Kathryn (trans)
No book cover.
9137
Pros and cons of being a frog, The
Two young friends are trying to find the right animal. This isn't as easy as it sounds, especially when one of them speaks mostly in numbers and the other is a little quirky. And, they're also working out what makes a good friend and how to deal with differences and arguments. Perhaps, you need to read through the pro and cons of being a frog to figure it out.
ISBN 9781742830636
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
deGennaro, Sue
No book cover.
12463
Pudding & chips
Pudding, the goose, is fierce and very noisy. The only animal on the farm who isn't afraid of Pudding is the sheepdog, Chips. When a fox starts visiting the farm, it is Pudding who raises the alarm.
ISBN 9780733314148
Publisher ABC Books, 2004
Topics / Australian Author /
Matthews, Penny & others
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28885
Puffin Peter
Peter and Paul are the best of friends but, when Peter gets lost in a terrible storm, he can't find his mate anywhere. With the help of a big blue whale, Puffin Peter sets off to find Paul. They find all kinds of birds that match Peter's description but none of them are quite like Paul.
ISBN 9781406324600
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Horacek, Petr
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5399
Puffling
Baby puffin is safe and warm in the burrow but longs to make his way in the world. He knows that he can leave the burrow when he is strong enough, tall enough and brave enough to go. He knows that when he goes both scary and good experiences await.
ISBN 9781862915985
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Wild, Margaret & Vivas, Julie (ill)
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10689
Puggle
When Puggle the baby echidna is found in mother's pouch on the side of the road, he is taken to a tall house on a hill to live with lots other rescued animals who need help to get back into the wild. Little by little, Puggle thrives and grows, until the day comes when he is old enough to look after himself.
ISBN 9781921504228
Publisher Working Title Press, 2011
Topics / Australian Author /
Hoy, Catriona & Plant, Andrew (ill)
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11682
Puggle's problem
Pipp is a tiny puggle with a big problem. He's the only echidna without spines. Determined to have them. Pipp sets out to ask friends for advice.
ISBN 9781921633072
Publisher Wombat Books, 2010
Topics / Australian Author /
Darlison, Aleesah & Temple, Sandra (ill)
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12187
Pumpkin soup
Cat, Duck and Squirrel live in an old white cabin with a pumpkin patch in the garden. Every day, Cat slices up some pumpkin, Squirrel stirs in some water and Duck tips in some salt to make the perfect pumpkin soup. Then, one day, things change.
ISBN 9780385604932
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Cooper, Helen
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623
Puppy (Watch me grow)
Many interesting facts about puppies and their life cycles. Easy to read with photographic illustrations.
ISBN 9781405310345
Series Watch me grow series (10 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2005
Dorling Kindersley
No book cover.
75497
Purr: Talk to the pet animals
Through rhymes, see what the dog, mouse, fish and other pets are doing. You can help with the noises they make.
ISBN 9780733318443
Publisher ABC Books, 2007
Topics / Australian Author /
Lester, Alison
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14998
Puss in boots
A retelling of the classic tale of an enterprising cat who wins riches and fame for her poor master.
ISBN 9780810943681
Publisher Harry N Abrams Inc, 2002
Light, Steve (retell)
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8294
Puss in boots
A retelling of the much-loved fairy tale, with surprises under each lift-up flap.
ISBN 9781846430756
Series Flip-up fairy tales series (28 books)
Publisher Child's Play International Ltd, 2007
Stockham, Jess (ill)
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67463

New
Python
This book is a 'slice of life' following a python living in an Australian forest. Be with her as she wakes up at first light, hunts for birds and rodents, sheds her skin and guards over her first clutch of eggs until they hatch.
ISBN 9781921529603
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Topics / Australian Author /
Cheng, Christopher & Jackson, Mark (ill)
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