Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo

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Hodder Headline Australia, 2001 - Aboriginal Australians - 32 pages
Paperback release of a picture storybook for young children in the 'Clive Eats Alligators' series, first published in 2000. Ernie goes to live in Arnhem Land for a year. He writes letters home to his friends - Clive, Nicky, Rosie, Frank, Tessa and Celeste - telling of his new life in this region of outback Australia and adventures with its Aboriginal children. Includes glossary. Based on the author/illustrator's experiences in Arnhem Land as a guest of the Gunbalanya Community School. Lester has written and illustrated many picture story books, including 'When Frank Was Four' and 'Isabella's Bed'.

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User Review  - MaryEttaJ - LibraryThing

I enjoyed reading this book because it is about a different culture. Ernie has to live in Australia for a whole year while his parents work at a hospital. He writes every friend through out the year ... Read full review


User Review  - Kirkus

Lester's lively, evocative artwork far outstrips her clunky narrative in this introduction to Australia's northern outback state of Arnhem Land. Young Ernie is off to Arnhem Land to live for a year ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Alison Lester was born on November 17, 1952, in Foster, Victoria, Australia. She received a higher diploma in teaching at The Melbourne Teacher's College, where she trained as a secondary arts and crafts teacher. Before she began writing and illustrating her own books, she worked as an art teacher and an illustrator. She is the author and illustrator over 25 picture books. Her first novel, The Quicksand Pony, won an Australian Young Readers Book Award and a Children's Book Council of America (CBCA) Book of the Year Award. Her picture books Clive Eats Alligators and the Journey Home each won a CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award. She was Australia's Inaugural Children's Laureate from 2011-2012. In 2016, she was awarded the Children's Language and Literature Award from the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards and inducted into the Speech Pathology Australia's Book of the Year Hall of Fame. She was awarded the 2016 Dromkeen Medal for her body of work and its contribution to the development of children's literature in Australia.

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