Everyone in the Australian Outback is waiting for the rain to fall. Old Stephen says that it will come.
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Best-selling Australian picture book author Katrina Germein has been published worldwide. Her first book, 'Big Rain Coming', has remained continuously in print for over ten years and her recent title, 'My Dad Thinks He's Funny' was Highly Commended in the Prime Minister's Literary Awards. The sequel, 'My Dad STILL Thinks He's Funny', is soon to be published. Katrina's work has been featured on children's television programs such as Wurrawhy, Yamba's Playtime and Play School and her work has won Notable Book commendations form The Children's Book Council of Australia. Katrina calls Adelaide home but follows the sun around Australia as best she can. Her new picture book 'Somebody's House' will be published by Walker Books in May 2013. www.katrinagermein.comFrom Publishers Weekly:
This well-crafted picture book from an Australian team brings the dry and dusty reaches of the outback straight to American readers. On Sunday, Old Stephen, a white-bearded Aborigine, predicts rain, but it takes all week to arrive. With each day that passes, anticipation builds like the dark clouds on the horizon and everyone struggles to keep cool. On Monday, "The night was so warm Rosie's kids dragged their beds outside to maybe feel some breeze while they slept"; on Tuesday, dogs dig holes for shelter from the heat; and so on. Finally, on Saturday, it happensA"wonderful cool wet RAIN." A minimum of text per spread emulates the patient waiting of the people and animals in Bancroft's intricately patterned illustrations. She represents the earth with stylized swirls of brown and black and creates the billabong from a patchwork of limpid purples and greens. People appear as black silhouettes clothed in bright polka dots and stripes; lizards scamper across the foreground, and in the sky, the sun is an ever-changing orb of concentric circles and dots. Through it all runs the unifying motif of the Rainbow Serpent, an aboriginal symbol of creation closely associated with water and life, flowing in a ribbon of abstract design across the bottom of nearly every page. This evocative picture book saturates the senses as surely as rain does the parched earth. Ages 4-8. (July)
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Book Description Clarion Books, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110618083448
Book Description Clarion Books, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB0618083448