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Bronwyn Bancroft's 1,2,3 and ABC    by Bronwyn Bancroft order for
Bronwyn Bancroft's 1,2,3 and ABC
by Bronwyn Bancroft
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Little Hare, 2013 (2013)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This two book set of board books features the indigenous art of Australian Bronwyn Bancroft whose work is on display in museums and galleries in her native land and elsewhere.

An Australian abc of Animals introduces youngsters to native creatures like the bandicoot, dingo, echidna, wombat and kangaroo plus a whole slew of more common critters like a frog, turtle, owl, and snake.

The companion book, An Australian 1,2,3 of Animals does the same but also matches the animals with verbs such as diving, leaping, laughing and gliding. The reader is invited to count 'Three koalas dozing', 'Five kookaburras laughing' and 'Twelve emus running'.

Naturally, all the illustrations are done in the detailed, colored designs that make Bancroft's indigenous art so distinctive and appealing. What a fun way to combine learning to identify some exotic animals with letter and number practice.

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