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The Family Hour in Australia

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About the Story

What does a platypus close when swimming?  Their eyes!

And did you know that echidnas drink pink milk?

Tai Snaith's story - The Family Hour in Australia - is full of such quirky details about the lives of our unique Australian wildlife.  It's the perfect story for singer Missy Higgins to read - a playfully told exploration of a day in the life of 15 very special Australian animal families.  It begins with the Gouldian finch family eating breakfast, shows koalas still sleeping in the afternoon and uncovers the secret world of Tasmanian devils playing at midnight (and what a rocking bunch of Tassie devils they are!)  With so many wackily wonderful family units on show, which one is most like yours?


*captions available.
*included in the VIC Premier's Reading Challenge EC-2, 3-4 lists.

Story Details



    Tai Snaith


    Tai Snaith


    Missy Higgins


    Thames & Hudson Australia
    Australia, 2012


Animal Stories, Australian Theme, Community, Cooperation, Family Life, VIC PRC

Suitable for

Preschool (3-5yrs), Lower Primary (5-8yrs), Middle Primary (8-10yrs), Upper Primary (10-12yrs)



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