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White, Leanne (text) Toni Hough (illus.): An All Australian Alphabet Book.

**WHITE, Leanne (text) Toni Hough (illus.) An All Australian Alphabet Book ISBN 9780987159762 SCIS 1547282

**WHITE, Leanne (text) Colin Montefiore (illus.) He's My Dad ISBN 9780987159724 SCIS 1544578

**WHITE, Leanne (text) Irene King (illus.) Merindah and Lucky ISBN 9780987159748 SCIS 1551486

**WHITE, Leanne William the Wild ISBN 9780987159700 SCIS 1547279 Wild Eyed Press, 2011 unpaged $14.96 pbk

The alphabet book uses an animal to illustrate each letter, though they are not all native to Australia so the title may be misleading or at least ambiguous. Some of the settings are clearly Australian with their gum trees while others are generalised landscapes. He's My Dad presents the loving and supportive relationship between a young galah and his father, with clear application to human families. Merindah is a young Aboriginal girl who nurtures a baby brolga through the seasons until she grows to maturity and finds a lifelong mate of her own. William is an energetic boy who is always reluctant to follow the household's routines, much preferring to play with his imaginary friends, all of whom are animals, birds or insects. The illustrations are all large and bright, some more impressive than others. The amount of text per page varies from title to title, as do the design and typeface, some of which is cursive and would be hard for newly independent readers to follow. Ages 3-6.

** Book by an Australian author or illustrator

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Title Annotation:'He's My Dad', 'Merindah and Lucky' and 'William the Wild'
Author:Douglas, Elizabeth
Publication:Reading Time
Article Type:Brief article
Date:May 1, 2012
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