LIZZIE NONSENSE by Jan Ormerod
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LIZZIE NONSENSE

A Story of Pioneer Days
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Age Range: 5 - 8
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When Papa takes the cut sandalwood into town, Lizzie, Mama and the baby are all alone in their little house in the bush. Lizzie is always playing and pretending; Mama calls it Lizzie nonsense, but her imagination helps lighten the daily chores and hard work. While Mama tends the garden, she picks flowers and becomes a bride; as she helps Mama prepare the usual turnips for dinner, they become peaches and cream; as they mend clothes, Lizzie pretends to make a party dress with buttons and bows. Mama even joins the playfulness when they dress in their best on Sunday and walk along the track and back, pretending they’ve been to church. The beautiful painterly, watercolor illustrations are a departure from Ormerod’s earlier cuddly style. The earth-hued wispy and airy paintings affectionately embellish Lizzy’s nonsense, conveying a warmhearted snippet of time when a family bond overcame the hardships of Australian pioneer life to make a home in an untamed land. Based on anecdotes from the author’s own family history. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-618-57493-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2005




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