It may feel like there are still plenty of weeks left before Christmas, but when you have to send Christmas presents overseas you’re quickly running out of time. As a foreigner I have to make sure I get all my shopping and shipping done on time or my family and friends back in Europe will be left empty handed on the big day. Thankfully I recently discovered this gorgeous book by EK Books‘ Tania McCartney and it’s the perfect Aussie parcel gift:
Australia: Illustrated is an absolute treat for readers of all ages. It packs all the best bits (well, most of them) of Australia into a beautiful picture book that will be read over and over again. One look and it will become your favourite go-to gift for both true blue Aussies and those who are yet to learn all about the Land Downunder. (Bonus: A book is the perfect size for flat pack envelopes making it airmail friendly too!)
There is just so much to love about Australia: Illustrated and it covers so many different aspects of our beautiful Australia: its animals, its foods, its eye-catching nature, its language, its icons and so much more. With almost 100 pages chockfull of Aussie greatness you’ll be making new discoveries on every single page. After the initial introduction author and illustrator Tania McCartney visits each Australian state and you get to come along for the ride…
In New South Wales we learn about famous places and beaches, food trucks and ferries, sheep and snowy mountains. In Victoria we travel along the Great Ocean Road and take a look in the Murray River, we try out street food and take the trams. In Queensland we taste gelati, see a proper Queenslander home and dive into the Great Barrier Reef. In South Australia we explore the Cooper Pedy Dugouts, go to the Country Show and watch the Adelaide Kite Festival. In Western Australia we learn about the cutest furry animals, enjoy the Perth beaches and admire pretty wildflowers.
Across the water in Tasmania we visit a chocolate factory, walk along the Overland Track and try a range of seafood and cheese. Up in the Northern Territory we ride on the Ghan, are warned about dangerous creatures and learn about the beautiful birds of Kakadu. Last but not least in the Australian Capital Territory we wander around the National Arboretum, watch the hot air balloons and slurp a delicious monster shake.
Of course this is just a small taste of all this stunning picture book has to show, and no matter how Aussie you are you are likely to still discover new facts, places or words that will make you fall in love with Australia even more. This book is a must-read but also a must-see as the detailed illustrations are simply divine. Australia: Illustrated, it’s a beauty!
You can find ‘Australia: Illustrated’ (RRP $32.99) in leading book stores across Australia.
To find out more about EK Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.org.
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