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  • Published: 31 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742754185
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 162

Classic Australian Poems




Poems you can’t live without from Australia’s literary treasure chest!

Poems you can’t live without from Australia’s literary treasure chest!

Australian poets have a wonderful way with words and their poems bring to life the iconic Aussie characters and unforgettable landscape that are part of our Australian heritage. Many of these - Mulga Bill, Clancy of the Overflow, The Ant Explorer, M'Dougal, The Shearer's Wife and Mr Smith - are larger than life. And the poets who created them - AB Patterson, CJ Dennis, Thomas E Spencer, Louis Esson and DH Souter - have become heroic figures in our pantheon of stars.The 60 poems in this collection appear in their original, or near original, form and are wide-ranging in their subject matter: animals, the countryside, the struggle of bush life, early transport, sport, growing old, being young and having fun with words! But whether they are humorous, serious or playful, they are simply a joy to read!No matter if we grew up reciting these classic poems at school, quote from them on important occasions or are meeting them for the first time, there is no doubt that these classic poems embody what it is to be Australian.
Illustrated by Gregory Rogers.

  • Published: 31 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742754185
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 162

About the author

Christopher Cheng

Christopher Cheng dwells in an inner-city Sydney terrace and writes fiction and non-fiction for children full time. He is Co-Chair of the International Advisory Board for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). He has a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature and has been a Literacy Ambassador for the Federal Government’s Literacy and Numeracy Week initiative.

His picture book One Tree, illustrated by Bruce Whatley, was shortlisted in the 2020 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, and is a CBCA Notable Book. One Child, illustrated by Steven Woolman, won the Wilderness Society Environment Award for Picture Books (Australia) and the Skipping Stones Honour Book (USA). Christopher also worked with Sarah Davis on the critically acclaimed picture book Sounds Spooky which won an Aurealis Award in the picture book category and is a CBCA Notable Book.

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