From Banjo Paterson to Spike Milligan, Rudyard Kipling to Hilaire Belloc, Lewis Carol to CJ Dennis - the most definitive collection of verse ever collected for Australian children.
The Big Book of Verse for Aussie Kids is the most comprehensive, authoritative and definitive book of poetry ever published in Australia for children.
In this wonderfully eclectic collection the famous rub shoulders with schoolyard rhymes, alphabets and nonsense verse. Here old favourites, that have been loved for generations, sit side by side an impressive selection of modern verse that kids will enjoy reading, reciting, laughing at, acting out and hearing, again and again.
There are poems to delight and develop every child's sense of humour; poems to inspire and stretch every child's imagination, verses to provoke a sense of wonder in every child; playground verses that have been handed down over countless years; and the largest collection of nonsense verse ever assembled.
All in all over 600 of the best verses for children in the English language have been especially chosen for Aussie kids. Unashamedly the emphasis is on Australian history and heritage - from Banjo Paterson and C J Dennis right down to Max Fatchen and Colin Thiel - but Hilaire Belloc, Rudyard Kipling, Spike Milligan and Robert Louis Stevenson are never far away.
Before becoming a professional entertainer, songwriter, verse writer and singer in 1988, Jim Haynes taught writing, literature, history and drama in schools and universities from outback NSW to Britain and back again! The son of British migrants, Jim attended Sydney Boys' High School and Sydney Teachers' College. While teaching in schools and universities in NSW and Britain he gained two masters' degrees in literature, from New England University and the University of Wales. A professional entertainer and writer since 1988, Jim has released many albums of his own songs, verse and humour. He has won the 'Bush Laureate Book of the Year' four times and has had many songs in the Country Music Charts, including a number one with 'Since Cheryl Went Feral' and a national hit with 'Don't Call Wagga Wagga Wagga'. He has won Country Comedy Song of The Year four times. Jim still tours as an entertainer, he works in radio as the resident weekend Australiana Humourist on Radio 2UE.
Table Of Contents:
1 Adventure, mystery and romance
2 All around Australia
5 Cautionary tales
6 Chants and games
8 Crazy creatures
9 Crazy English - fun with words
12 Funny stuff
13 Gross + gruesome
14 Life lessons and advice
16 Moods and feelings
19 Tall stories
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