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Lyrebird! A True Story

Nell O'Bryan, Book Publicist
24.11.12 5:58 am

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Australia’s most remarkable bird is immortalised in an enchanting new children’s book from Museum Victoria . . .

Lyrebird! A True Story
By Jackie Kerin, Illustrated by
Peter Gouldthorpe

RRP $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-921833-04-5
PB, 32pp, Publication date: 15 November 2012

When Edith met a cheeky young lyrebird on her garden path, she could not guess that he would one day be known as ‘A Miracle of the Dandenongs’. Soon, James the lyrebird was singing and dancing for Edith, mimicking the birdsongs and other sounds that echoed through the bush.

Word of their friendship spread and people travelled from near and far to film and record James. But with people came change . . . This story, written by Jackie Kerin and beautifully illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe, is based on real characters and celebrates a remarkable friendship between a gardener and one of Australia’s most extraordinary birds.

The bird examined her from head to toe with his black button eyes. Edith examined the bird. A lyrebird. And bold as brass. ‘Aren’t you supposed to be a shy bird?’He began to scratch for grubs beside the path. Edith was puzzled. ‘Whatever happened to your tail?’ She took out her notebook and pencil.

By the time she’d finished her sketch, he’d vanished.‘Heavens to Betsy!’ A curious young bird blocked her way. Edith stood as still as a statue. ‘You’re no ordinary chook,’ she murmured.

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