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Topsy-Turvy World: How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers
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Kirsty Murray
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Topsy-Turvy World: How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers

Kirsty Murray


National Library of Aust.

Wildlife: general interest;
Children's & Educational


100 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The first Europeans in Australia were mightily puzzled by the weird animals they found here: the water creature with a duck’s bill at one end and a beaver’s tail at the other; the greyhound hopping on its back legs; the bird that brayed like a donkey. Trying to make sense of such oddities by comparing them to more familiar animals led to any number of misunderstandings! This colourful and lively book presents 15 animals and is full of fascinating stories and facts. Perfect for the young naturalist in your life! Lindy 


To the first Europeans who came to Australia, everything seemed topsy turvy. Christmas was in the summer and trees shed their bark but not their leaves. And the animals were bizarre. There was a bird that laughed like a donkey and a type of greyhound that bound along on its hind legs like a hare. There was an animal in Tasmania whose nocturnal screeches sounded like the devil and a river creature that had a ducks bill at one end and a beavers tail at the other. The Europeans had never seen anything like these animals before and gave them names similar to those of the European creatures they already knew. They drew and painted odd pictures of them, showing they did not understand the animals habits. In one illustration, a wombat is standing on its back legs and in another a Tasmanian tiger is wrestling with a platypus of the same size.

By:   Kirsty Murray
Imprint:   National Library of Aust.
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 297mm,  Width: 230mm, 
ISBN:   9780642277497
ISBN 10:   0642277494
Pages:   100
Publication Date:   October 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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