Magic Fish Dreaming

Magic fish dreaming

By June Perkins

Illustrations By Helene Magisson

A poetic celebration and exploration of nature, people and imagination in Far North Queensland.

Encourages children and families everywhere to hunt for their own nature-based or urban poems.

“Luminous and jubilant, Magic Fish Dreaming explores an imaginative world of rainforest and cassowary, the flicker of geckos and the roll of quolls. Whimsical poems and exquisite images invite readers to venture into vibrant, magical places, rich with stories and legends. 

Like the work of Michael Rosen and Shirley Hughes, images and words combine to evoke the textures and spirit of landscapes. Here, though, it is a vibrant Australian world readers discover, one alive with the colour and energy of nature and many cultures.”

Felicity Plunkett, Poet and Poetry Editor for University of Queensland Press

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This is a wonderful world of far North Queensland’s Vibrant rainforests and Native animals.  poems are told in a fun delightful way.

Each poem led to questions and expansion on meaning and own interpretations from the students, younger children were captivated by the words and illustrations.

a truly lovely collection.

Rochelle age 11 gave the book 5 stars

magic fish dreaming Rochelle

She loved learning about life in Far North Queensland and “recommends it to anyone because they are great”

Barry age 9 gave the book 5 stars

magic fish dreaming Barry

He thought the book was magic and fun and loved giggle Poems

school class year 5 gave the book 4 stars

The children were engaged from the start  they enjoyed hearing the tales and loved the idea to go hunting for their own poems around the school yard.





Digby and the Yodelayhee… who?

Digby and the Yodelayhee…Who?

Author Renee Price  IMG_2347

illustrated by Anil Tortop

What could it be?…
Digby Fixit is perplexed. What or who is making that super-duper sound?
Join Digby and his very-bestest friends, as they help solve the mystery of the noisy noise, with some toe-tapping fun along the way.


play group ages 2-5 gave the book 5 stars

The kids loved this story with all the fun sounds and excitement.

They were fascinated with the different instruments and the sounds they could make.

All loved the QR link to a very groovy  ‘Digby’s Jam’ and had a fun time dancing.

Huntingdon school class 2-4 gave the book 5 stars

The kids really enjoyed this book.

They loved seeing what the cat would be up to on the next page.

they enjoyed making the sounds with me especially the Yodelayhee!!

they also liked the song.


This  is a wonderful  exciting read aloud book and a joy to read to the kids


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Age range 3 to 5 years

Glitch spends his life searching through mountains of mouldy mess at the dump. He wants to make the fastest billycart ever. This year, he will be competing in the Big Race!

But will his twitch stop him from winning?


Phillip aged 4 gave this book 5 stars

he thought the story was fun and the illustrations exciting

he loved that it was bugs at a  rubbish dump and that its great to  have fun with your friends .

preschool kids aged 3-5 gave the book 5 stars

They all agreed it was an exciting story and thought it funny.

They loved it when Glitch said he had a tummy bug.

The children commented that it doesn’t mater if you win as long as its fun and you give it a try.


A great book to help children overcome their Fears in a fun light hearted manner

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Through the Gate

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By Sally Fawcett

Through the Gate tells the story of a child who has just moved house and is struggling to cope with all the changes in her life. She relates to the dilapidated house she has moved to, as she sits sad and forlorn upon its broken front step.

But, as the story unfolds, the house is gradually repaired paralleling how the child’s perception of her new situation improves. Each time the child passes ‘through the gate’, into the world beyond, she notices more of her surroundings and discovers that her new life has some wonderful things in it.

Within the illustrations is a ‘spot the difference’ game that encourages interaction with the story and develops observation skills. Younger children can be involved in spotting the more obvious changes and older children will be challenged with the more subtle transformations.

Huntingdon class 2-4 gave the book 5 stars

They thoroughly  enjoyed the story we read it twice to see if we could find all the changes throughout the story.

Sometimes change can turn out to be wonderful thing.

Gracie aged 7 she gave the book 5 stars

She thought the book was great and loved the illustrations.

Her favourite part was playing spot the difference on each page.

She thought this would be a great book for anyone who has go through a big change.

But anyone can like it.






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Ella Saw the Tree

Ella Saw the Tree 9781925520361

Author Robert Vescio

Illustrated by Cheri Hughes

One windy day, as Ella plays in her backyard, she is showered by leaves. When she looks up, Ella sees a tree in her backyard … has it always been there?

And why is it crying?

It’s not until Ella carefully and attentively takes the time to – smell, listen, feel and look – that she discovers the tree in her backyard, as if for the very first time. By slowing down and experiencing new sensations, Ella learns to appreciate the simple things in life.

Ella Saw the Tree is a beautifully illustrated and captivating story that show’s children how easy it is to appreciate the world.

Perfect for sharing with children of all ages.


Local Hastings School Class 2 & 3 they gave the book 5 stars

This was a beautiful book to read aloud to the children.

they were all amazed that Ella hadn’t noticed the tree in her yard and agreed it is important to stop slow down and admire the things around us.

Huntingdon class  2-4 they gave the book 4.5 stars

They also enjoyed listening and watching Ella discover the things around her.

They listed all the things that trees can do and how important they are.

Their favourite part was when the kiss hit the tree with a SPLAT.


Elvira and the Pilliga Mouse

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author: Pat Clarke
illustrator: Graeme Compton

ages 6-8

Elvira, a wedge-tailed eagle from the city, forms an unlikely friendship with a country mouse with attitude named Pookie. Together they journey to the Pilliga Forest in search of Pookie’s family, and Elvira goes in search of something equally hard to find: the secret of happiness.

Bryce aged 8 gave the book 5 stars

he thought it was exciting and adventurous

see his review here Elvira and the Pilliga mouse

Phillip aged 4 gave the book 4 stars

he thought it was exciting and lots of fun he loved all the different animals

his favourite part was when the eagle caught the feral cat.



Heather Feather

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author: Diana Wilson
illustrator: Jessica Freeman

ages 8-10

Heather Feather is a baby emperor penguin from Antarctica. She sets off in this environmentally-concerned information story, all the way around Australia. Join her and learn about the coastal cities and animals she sees, as well as the degradation of habitat, and pollution, that really gets her goat.


Drew aged 9.5 gave the book 4.5 stars

he thought is was magnificent and interesting he loved the facts at the end of each chapter

check out his review here heather feather