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Celebrated author-illustrator Pamela Allen retells a true story and celebrates some of Australian most famous icons in a series of delightful pictures for the very young.

This is a story of a plastic bag and a bird - a cautionary tale about taking care of our environment as well as being a wonderful showcase of some of the famous sights of Sydney.

'One day, a long time ago when I lived in Kirribilli, Sydney, I packed a lunch and set out to walk to the Botanic Gardens . . .

I crossed the harbour bridge then climbed down to Circular Quay. I walked beside the sea wall, past the Opera House until I reached the Botanic Gardens.

And this is what I saw.'


Pamela Allen has to be one of my most favourite children's writers. The latest title in the Pamela Allen collection is perfect and as a cautionary tale, gets little humans talking about what we can do to protect the world we live in.

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Although each of Pamela Allen's stories are unique, this book is in her familiar style of clean yet detailed illustrations that make it very recognisable as one of hers.There is something comforting about the likeness of illustrations in each of Allen's books. it's like visiting an old friend but learning something new as you read each book.

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    August 28, 2017


    32 pages

    RRP $24.99

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Also by Pamela Allen

Who Sank The Boat?
Mr McGee & the Biting Flea
Mr McGee and the Elephants
Hetty's Day Out
Who Sank the Boat? and Other Stories
The Big Fish
The Man With the Messy Hair
One Sunday
Fat Ferdie
The Toymaker & the Bird
The Little Old Man Who Looked Up At The Moon
My Buggy Book of Animals
Where's The Gold?
Grandpa and Thomas and the Green Umbrella
Shhh! Little Mouse
Is Your Grandmother A Goanna?
Mr McGee and the Perfect Nest
Mr McGee and the Big Bag of Bread
The Potato People
Grandpa and Thomas
Inside Mary Elizabeth's House
Mr McGee & the Perfect Nest
The Pear in the Pear Tree
Waddle Giggle Gargle!


Slinky Malinki
Hatchimals: The Official Colleggtor's Guide
Book With No Pictures
Where's Spot?
Koala Lou
Who Sank The Boat?
Are We There Yet?
Peppa Pig: Peppa And Her Golden Boots
There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake
Go Go and the Silver Shoes
Peppa Pig: Peppa's Christmas Fun Sticker Activity Book
Tiddalick the Frog Who Caused a Flood
Big Rain Coming
Malala's Magic Pencil
Voices In The Park
Where is The Green Sheep?
The Tale Of Peter Rabbit
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory