Apr 202015

Penguin Australia

After almost 9 years in Australia I have become familiar with many typical Australian sayings and habits, but I still remember very clearly how odd it all felt when I just arrived on Aussie shores. While I did speak English quite well some people would still pick up a hint of an accent, generally they’d guess I was from South Africa or some Scandinavian country. As Dutch is quite similar to Afrikaans I appreciated the connection and it is also why Nick Earls‘ new children’s book New Boy really spoke to me:

New Boy

New Boy (RRP $14.99) by Nick Earls tells the story of South African boy Herschelle who moves to Australia with his family. He has to settle in at a new school, learn the Aussie slang, try new foods and meet new mates, it’s all much harder than he thought it would be. It is not always easy and Herschelle even has to deal with racism and bullying but slowly the Van Der Merwe family settles in to Australian life.

As a foreigner living in Australia I recognise some of the struggles and confusions and can only imagine how hard a move like this would be for a child. This is a fantastic read for those new to Australia but also for Aussie kids so they can get some insight into how they can make the ‘new kid’ feel at home. My favourite part was when Herschelle’s mum was to asked to ‘bring a plate’ to school and brought an empty plate, that could easily have happened to me!

To find out more about New Boy, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Mar 152012

Every now and then I take my kids on the bus to see daddy at work, an exciting adventure when you are only 3. But it is not just them who are a little nervous, I am too. Nervous about keeping an eye on all of them, nervous about making my connection with three small (and slow) kids and lately most nervous about what they will say to and about other people on the way. Kids say what is on their mind and they have put me in an awkward position many times by commenting on the way other bus passengers look (there is no hiding from it in such a small space!). I always make very clear that everyone is different and every single person is beautiful. This important message is exactly the reason I love Ugly Ted.

As soon as you see Ugly Ted you realise he is not just your ordinary, picture perfect teddy bear. His front teeth are a little wonky, one ear is bigger than the other, his eyebrows are a bit uneven, some would say he is not the perfect teddy. But who decides the definition of perfect? He is a teddy, he is cute, he is super soft and cuddly and kids fall in love with him the minute they lay eyes on him, what else do you need from a teddy?

Ugly Ted was created to help fight bullying, teaching kids that no matter what someone looks like or where they are from, you should always remember to treat others the way you would want to be treated. Ugly Ted is already hugely popular in the US and now Australian kids can adopt Ugly Ted too and share the anti-bullying message. Bullying is a huge issue amongst children and we all should do what we can to make a difference.

By adopting Ugly Ted you’re not only helping to raise awareness for this great cause, a portion of profits raised will be dontated to various charities too. Here in Australia you can find Ugly Ted exclusively at Parents Like Us and right now you can adopt him for the introductory price of just $19.95 (normally $24.95). You can even print your very own adoption certificate! A big message, a big heart and a big size too, Ugly Ted is 40cm tall and everyone who meets him just wants to hug him.

To find out more about Parents Like Us, to browse the range and to order online visit www.parentslikeus.com.au. Australian orders over $50 are shipped free of charge.

For your chance to win an Ugly Ted ‘like’ Parents Like Us on Facebook and answer the following question: What do you think makes Ugly Ted so adorable?

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Competition ends April 15, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.