Topsy-Turvy World

How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers

Kirsty Murray

National Library Publications

topsy turvy world

RRP: $29.95 (Hard cover with dust jacket)

Publication Date: 1 October 2012


Age: 8+

Reviewer: Cassandra Griffin

Every single aspect was back to front in Australia for early European explorers. The weather was hot when it was meant to be cold. Animals were like nothing they had ever laid eyes on before! Whereas the Europeans were the strangest thing the Aboriginals had ever seen.

“Extraordinary, intriguing, eccentric, peculiar, curious and remarkable” were some of the words explorers used to describe such odd animals. Aboriginals had names for these animals for thousands and thousands of years, the Europeans however, Their English language could not fathom such words for these animals, so they called dingo’s dogs, Koloa’s bears and could not even begin to understand what a platypus was!

How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers is a stunning hardcover book. With eye-catching illustrations and extracts from actual explorers diaries and sketches. This non-fiction book will capture reader’s attention, and is an excellent resource. Readers of any age will enjoy this collection Murray has released.

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