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Publisher: Allen and Unwin
Themes: Australian environment; Australian animals; domestic and wild animals; belonging; family
Years: Australian Curriculum: English, Years 3 and 4; Arts (Visual arts), Years 3 and 4; Humanities and Social Sciences (Researching, Evaluating, Geography, History), Year 3 and 4; Mathematics, Year 4; Science, Years 3 and 4.
From the publisher’s synopsis: This is a story about a boy called Pender and a kangaroo called Brindabella, about how they became friends, and all the things that happened to them because of it. Pender and his father live in an old house made of honey-coloured stone in the bush by the river, with only the company of his father's paintings and the loyal dog, Billy-Bob. Then, on one winter morning, a gunshot amongst the trees changes everything.
Unit writer: Helen Cozmescu