HOW TO TAKE YOUR KIDS TO AUSTRALIA
Without leaving your city (and dealing with a horrendous long-haul flight)
Like our ‘trip’ to India and Japan, we recently spent a month reading books that take place in Australia (basically all the books are about Australian animals rather than the country), colouring pictures of Australia (urm, once again Australian animals), trying Australian food and visiting our Australian friends at the zoo.
Here are our fun picks if you want to learn all you can pretend to take a holiday to Australia:
by Mem Fox with pictures by Julie Vivas
This was one of my favourites. Mostly because it involves food.
Grandma Poss and Hush live in the bush. Grandma Poss does bush magic on Hush so that she is invisible and safe from hungry snakes. But one day Hush wants to be seen. Unfortunately, Grandma Poss forgets the spell! She only remembers it has to do with human food.
So the pair set off around Australia eating food from each region: Anzac biscuits in Adelaide, pumpkin scones in Brisbane, Vegemite sandwiches way up north, and, my favourite, lamingtons in Tasmania.
This is a fun book for a tour of Australian cities and food – it gave me the excuse to eat Anzac biscuits and lamingtons in the same city (we skipped the Vegemite).