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Long-time readers of My Little Bookcase will know that I am a huge fan of Frané Lessac’s work, and her latest book is not only a feast for the eyes but is also a great work-out for your general knowledge.

A is for Australia by Frane Lessac

Using the alphabet, Frané takes you on a glorious tour of some of Australia’s most unique locations, from Rottnest Island in the west to Bondi Beach in the east (…and she hasn’t missed out a single state or territory). The illustrations are characteristically rich and the facts presented on each double-page spread are simply fascinating. A is for Australia is a beautiful way for kids to investigate our wonderful country.

Cammy and Ike haven’t ventured too far from home yet, but after reading A is for Australia they are quickly accruing a very long ‘To-See’ list. In fact, we’ve got a little trip to Western Australia planned soon and, thanks to this book, we’ve specifically hired a car so we can fit in a day trip to Fremantle.

Book Details:

Title: A is for Australia- A Factastical Tour

Author: Frané Lessac

ISBN: 9781922179760

Publisher: WALKER BOOKS AUST, January 2015

RRP: $24.95

Available to purchase through The Kids’ Bookshop


Thanks to Walker Books Australia, we have TWO copies of A is for Australia to give away.

To enter:

In a comment below,  share an interesting fact about the place where you live.

The winners:

The two best entries, as determined by Jackie of My Little Bookcase, will receive a copy of A is for Australia.

Terms and conditions:

1. Each reader may enter only once.

2. The giveaway is open only to residents of Australia.

3. All entries must be received by 9 pm (AEST) on Sunday 12 April 2015

4. The winners will be chosen by Jackie Small of My Little Bookcase

5. The winners will be notified via email

6. The winners are asked to send a reply email including their delivery address within 7 days before a new winner is selected (PO Boxes cannot be accepted).

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  1. I live in Holbrook, the home of the Holbrook submarine!!! Seems strange considering Holbrook is 356km North East of Melbourne! The town was originally named Germantown after a German immigrant who became the publican of the Woolpack Hotel. During World War 1 the name of the town was deemed unpatriotic and was renamed Holbrook after a wartime submarine captain! Last year the local arts group yarn. Imbed the submarine in yellow with crocheted and knitted panels coming from as far wide as Western Australia and the Top End and even some international entries and has close as the students from the local schools.

  2. i grew up in a small town where Melbourne meets the country and the Dandenong Ranges. Our house backed onto the old open air aqueduct and the old railway line reserve. I always found it so interesting imagining what it would have been like when the steam trains traveled through the area.

  3. Zoe said: On March 30, 2015

    Beautiful South Australia is the driest state in Australia and yet we are renowned for our amazing wineries. Adelaide is a gorgeous city and I love being able to call it home.

  4. Amy said: On March 30, 2015

    I live in a small town called Home Hill in the Burdekin region of North Queensland. An icon of our town is the Burdekin Bridge. It was the longest single span bridge in the Southern Hemisphere when I was growing up (and may still be, I’m not sure). Up until it was finished in 1957 our entire community (and the state) was regularly divided by river rises.

  5. Zoey said: On March 30, 2015

    I love in Maryborough, Qld. Our big claim to fame is that the author of Mary Poppins, P.L Travers, was born here. The building she was born in used to be a bank, and is still standing and beautifully preserved in the “heritage” section of our town. We have a fantastic Mary Poppins festival each July… You should come some time!!

  6. Jen said: On March 31, 2015

    I grew up in Berwick, hometown of Australia’s first ever Olympian and Olympic gold medallist; Edwin Flack. He won two gold medals for athletics at the Athens Olympics in 1896 and a bronze in tennis. That’s pretty impressive if you ask me!

  7. W is for Windorah, in the great Australian outback,
    A tiny town on the way to the Birdsville track,
    Huge red sandhills Steve Irwin loved on our cattle station,
    There’s so much beauty in outback isolation!

  8. Now a modern length of shops and lights, George Street in my home town of Sydney is the oldest street in all of Australia! As I navigate the workers and the school children and the tourists on a weekend, it always makes me feel connected to history – both the history that has occurred, and the one now being made.

  9. I live in Lugarno. At the end of my street 50 years ago there were still Aborigines living in the bush. While there are none living there now, exploring the caves in the bush where they used to live, and seeing markings inside, always stuns people.

  10. Kate said: On March 31, 2015

    I live in Toowoomba. Toowoomba is at the top of a mountain, part of the Great Dividing Range, but strangely the land on which Toowoomba is settled was once a swamp. Furthermore, despite being 800ft above sea level, in 2011, Toowoomba and its surrounding regions were devastated by an inland tsunami. I was subsequently shocked to find out that Toowoomba has had dozens and dozens of disastrous floods over the past century. When I moved up this mountain 12 years ago, I would never have thought I would have to worry about flooding much less tsunamis!

  11. I was born in a little town called Milton, Where my mum went to school , I have stayed local for 30 years going to the same school she did and now I live in Milton with my partner and two children, both of them were also born in Milton. My son now goes to he school I did.
    Milton was established in 1860 and there are still many historic buildings, including parts of the school.

  12. Kate said: On March 31, 2015

    Look I am sure there are millions of historical and cultural bits of information that I could come up with about where I live.. but the only thing that is vaguely interesting that I can think of right now is that once Orlando Bloom dropped into the organic food shop at the end of my street..

  13. It is magical riding on a bike around the Redcliffe Peninsula with views to take your breath away and a coffee shop at every turn.

  14. Oh wow! This looks terrific – we’d love a copy!
    Our town has a population of just over 200 people but ‘our waterfall’ receives over 300,000 visitors per year! :)

  15. I live near the longest straight part of the longest river in Australia and am slightly addicted to alphabet books. Looks like you found another one I need to add to our bookcase Jackie :)

  16. i live in St Ives Sydney. I recently found out that the first post-office of St Ives opened in 1885!
    It is special also because it is the place in Australia where we first moved in 2 and a half years ago!

  17. Lea said: On April 4, 2015

    What a fun and relevant way to learn about our special unique and wonderful country!! Where I grew up in Boronia was all orchards, and in fact we visited a farm in my childhood where woollies is now and so I have a huge appreciation for those who did the hard yards and started it all.

  18. I love living in our Nation’s Capital! It is a wonderful place for families, with so many safe and lovely and cultural places for the whole family to enjoy!

    PS What a gorgeous book

  19. We live in country SA and our home cannot be found on Google Maps despite being only 70km from Adelaide!

  20. Cath said: On April 6, 2015

    I grew up in a small town called Yellingbo – it has a milk bar and a school – blink and you miss it! But it is also home to the Victoria’s fauna emblem – Helmeted Honeyeaters which is now endangered. There is a small colony still living in the state forest and the Healesville Sanctuary is doing it’s best save it from extinction.

  21. T is for Toowoomba. Toowoomba has 150 public parks. No surprise then that the Carnival of Flowers held each spring attracts visitors from all over the world.

  22. My home town of Taralga once had bushrangers roam the street
    But now it is ringed by wind towers, which is really kind of neat.
    It’s small and quaint and pretty old and farmers work the land
    I’ll always be at home here – right till the very end!
    (PS – even then I’ll stay right here in the beautiful country cemetery)

  23. Bec said: On April 6, 2015

    I grew up in Wollongong which is believe to mean Seas of the South.
    It is very much a coalmining town and yet is a huge tourist attraction for its gorgeous beaches.

  24. Di said: On April 6, 2015

    Vegemite was invented here in Melbourne :)

  25. Ern said: On April 6, 2015

    Home to Australia’s first ever pizza restaurant, Toto’s in Lygon Street (Carlton, Melbourne).

  26. I live in Melbourne; a place that might easily have been called Batman, after its founder, John Batman. I’m glad we don’t have to dress up in black cloaks and tights as our local dress!

  27. we lived in a coastal town named Penguin, what made it special for the kids was the big and little penguin statues around the town

  28. Lyn said: On April 7, 2015

    I have lived my whole life in Maitland, NSW. Maitland was the second biggest town in Australia in the first half of the 1800′s with the Hunter River being the route by which many larger ships delivered and received goods from the Hunter Valley. This changed with rail to Newcastle and the silting of the river due to flooding. Maitland still has some wonderful old historic buildings and a rich history from this time.

  29. Rockingham received its name from the sailing ship Rockingham, one of the three vessels bought by Thomas Peel to carry settlers to Western Australia

  30. Our town Toodyay was named Newcastle but was washed away in a flood and renamed Toodyay in 1860. It was home to outlaw Moondyne Joe and every April we have Moondyne Festival. The movie Shame was filmed here in the 1988 and Ernie Dingo made some Clowning Around shows here too. Toodyay just won the Australian Tidy Town championship.

    • You live in a superstar town. You might be interested to know that Frane has also illustrated a book about Moondyne Joe.

  31. We live in a very treed suburb with loads of lovely lush green reserves and plenty of playful parks. Our suburb is made up of 31% parklands, which is so perfect for my wild, nature loving children, who spend most of their time hanging out of trees and running through the grass.

  32. I live in the Hills District NSW which is set for one of the biggest shopping centre developments in Australia! Castle Towers will have 2500 new stores… I hope they plan on some form of transportation between shops (I’m thinking flat escalators like in airports!) because I find it hard enough getting from one shop to the one next door with two small children :)

  33. Meg said: On April 8, 2015

    Stunning purple jacarandas bring the suburb of Caringbah to life every November.
    During the fifties and sixties there was a small maternity hospital in Caringbah’s Jacaranda Rd. Each baby born was given a jacaranda seedling by the midwife. The trees that now spring to life in the streets each year represent all those beautiful babies who were born and grew up in the area. It is a little known, but beautiful legacy.

    • yes, a beautiful legacy and story. Thank you so much for entering. I’ve chosen your entry as a winning entry. Congrats.

  34. Our town has a river that flows 2-3 times a year but is sand the rest of the year. We have small fish that “hibernate” in the sands until the next wet come.

  35. My entire suburb, Balmain, was once sold for the nominal sum of 5 shillings to settle a debt. Today it would cost more than that to park your car for an hour to buy a coffee. That’s if you were lucky enough to find somewhere to park in the first place!

  36. I live in Bondi, an aboriginal word which means ‘Water breaking over Rocks’ & has been spelt a number of different ways over time: for example, Boondi, Bundi and Bundye. It shows the nature and ever changing landscape of the place!

  37. The Aboriginal word for ‘our home’ is Wahroonga

  38. In the country so we can have a relaxed life and do as we please

  39. T is for Tasmania… Thylacine, Trees, Truffle, Trout, Trails, Tranquil, Teeming Rain and……. Thoughts.

  40. We have a submarine in our backyard!

  41. I’m from Sydney. I bet you didn’t know that Sydney Harbour has the deepest natural harbour in the world with 504,000 mega litres of water.