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We were sorting through the pile for the next book to read together when she said, excitedly, "It's What? That is the first book from Australia I ever read."

Which, when you think of it, is a pretty cool thing to be able to say.

Before What? we'd read some new to us titles from PRACE, including the happy-go-lucky tale Wheels, and a tear-jerker called Mizuri the Cat (with it's mysterious reference to a gorilla).

I was happy to see the new titles, since she's been burning through reading level 1 and 2 books faster than I can find or write them.

Of course, there's a certain amount of re-reading going on. Which is okay - I'm reading Day of Battle for the fourth time myself, and looking forward to a chance to re-read Hillerman's Jim Chee mystery Skinwalkers.

I don't know what would be the first book from Australia I ever read. I'd like to say it was something exciting like The Rim of Space by Arthur Bertram Chandler...

But I fear it was The Thornbirds.

Gag me with a spoon.



michael chalk said...

Hello Wendell, we've all been reading your classroom stories over here in Melbourne. Great to hear about people expanding their experience of the world.

So Libby and i were wondering what our first Canadian read might have been. Libby said straight away, "Something by Margaret Atwood.. The Handmaid's Tale".

Yes of course, that's mine too.

But i was sure there would be a children's author, someone earlier. We racked our brains (..then searched Wikipedia).

Anne of Green Gables. Aha! By Lucy M. Montgomery, published in 1908. What a good series! i think i read many of the sequels too.

Thanks for your stories,
kind regards, michael

Anne Dunn said...

Hi Wendell

Anne here of PageTurners. The mysterious reference to the gorilla in Mizuri the Cat, is because it's based on a real story. Joyce named her cat Mizuri after the baby gorilla that had just been born in the Melbourne Zoo.

Wendell said...

Hi Anne! A-ha - a baby gorilla. We thought it must have been something like that, though we couldn't find a reference with a (somewhat short) online search.

We were more successful when we looked up "to barrack for", which we learned means something like "to cheer for". Australian-Rules Football is a foreign country indeed!

Hi Michael.

Yes, Anne is wonderful, and no doubt our most famous author period.

Thks for reading, guys. Oh, and keep those wonderful resources coming. I've got readers waiting - LOL.