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Seven Little Australians

By Ethel Turner

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Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Published In: Australia, 01 October 2003
'Without doubt Judy was the worst of the seven, probably because she was the cleverest.'Her father, Captain Woolcot, found his vivacious, cheeky daughter impossible - but seven children were really too much for him and most of the time they ran wild at their rambling riverside home, Misrule.Step inside and meet them all - dreamy Meg, and Pip, daring Judy, naughty Bunty, Nell, Baby and the youngest, 'the General'. Come and share in their lives, their laughter and their tears.

About the Author

Born in England in 1870, Ethel Turner came to Australia with her mother and sisters when she was 10 years old. She showed a great love of literature while at school and in her late teens launched a literary and social magazine in Sydney with her sister Lilian. Ethel kept diaries for a remarkable 62 years, recording the details of her full and eventful life. In January 1893 she recorded in her diary, "Night started a new story that I shall call Seven Little Australians." Later that year, she finished the book, parcelled it up and sent it off to a publisher in Melbourne. Since then the book has sold over 2 million copies in the English language and has been reprinted over 50 times. It has been translated into at least 11 languages, performed as a stage play, and been made into a film, a BBC television series in 1953, and a 10-episode television series for the ABC in 1973. Ethel Turner went on to write over 40 books in her lifetime, including children's stories, short stories and poems, many of which appeared in the Town and Country journal and in the Sun Herald newspaper. Seven Little Australians has been read and loved by children all over the world, and it has been continuously in print for over 100 years. Ethel Turner died in 1958, leaving as her memorial a book that is now regarded as a classic in children's literature. Her granddaughter

EAN: 9780140347333
ISBN: 014034733X
Publisher: Puffin
Dimensions: 19.9 x 13.1 x 1.5 centimetres (0.11 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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Tamara Bennett on
 
This is a beautiful and moving book, and deserves to be rated as an Australian classic. It does contain tragedy - Judy, the brave and high-spirited younger sister, is killed by a falling tree when she leaps forward to save her baby brother. However, this is handled in a sensitive manner and I wouldn't call it depressing. I think this is a far better and more constructive book for children to read than most of the literature that is available to them today.
I would, however, recommend that the other titles in the series be read as well - they really fulfill the story.
Richard Scott on
 
An Australian children's story that seems to have survived the test of time, as it is still being published now.

Basically the kids depicted here are ordinary kids, not adventure heroes, not mouthpieces for adults to moralise through.

Their lives have tragedy, fun, family. The also are dealing with all the other elements of society as real people.

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