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Lizzie Nonsense by Jan Ormerod
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Oct 18, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: international-children-s-books

What a perfect companion piece to Little House on the Prairie this book is. Lizzie and her family are settlers in Australia's bush country during the same time period the Ingalls were moving west across the American Great Plains. Like Laura, Lizzie has a good-humored father, a hard-working mother, and a baby sister to look after. She also possesses a vivid imagination that allows her to believe the inevitable turnips for dinner are actually peaches and cream. Despite her concern for the practicalities of life, Lizzie's mother, like Caroline Ingalls, also longs for the finer things in life, and is occasionally indulged by her good-hearted husband.

Because it is a picture book, Lizzie Nonsense would make a good introductory read aloud before reading Little House on the Prairie to a second or third grade class. A close study of the illustrations in each would yield much information for comparisons between the flora,fauna, and family life of Australia and the Midwest.

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