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Book details
  • SubGenre:Cricket
  • Language:English
  • Pages:24
  • eBook ISBN:9780980726244

Backyard Cricket

by Anne Garton

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This story is one for all the boys and girls who love playing sport in the backyard. It is set in a back garden under the cool, spreading shade of a big Mango tree. It describes all the chaos and disagreements that are typical of a children’s cricket match. The stars of the show are Jenny, who catches the ball while she is pegging washing, and Bluey, the cattle dog, who steals the ball too. The story is set in the stinking summer heat in Brisbane, complete with cicadas, icy-poles and Mum’s old veggie patch. Leigh Brown’s illustrations add magic to this lovely story.
When I first moved to Brisbane I bought an old Queenslander (house) that had a huge spreading Mango tree in the back garden. The tree took up most of the garden and provided cool shade in the tropical heat. There was an old, unkept vegetable patch with rambling beans spreading over the fence. I could imagine children playing in the garden in the stinking summer heat. This story is how I imagined the scene, complete with my cattle dog, Hill’s Hoist and cicadas. It describes a children's cricket match, the fights and disagreements they have, the best players and how they solve disputes. There is always the child that bats well, the one that refuses to go out and the one who cannot hit the ball. No Backyard match would be complete without the home made stumps, the dog and food. This is a story taking place in everyone's backyard over summer!’ Anne Garton
About the author
Anne Garton trained as a Science and Social Science teacher over 28 years ago at Rusden, Victoria College, now part of Deakin University. She has over 24 years teaching experience and has been writing text books for both primary and secondary students since 1993. Anne has tutored science in England and worked as a Double Helix Science Officer for CSIRO in Queensland. She has taught a variety of subjects to children of all ages in Victoria and Queensland. She therefore has a wealth of experience in writing for different age groups and producing stories that children love and can identify with. Other titles by Anne Garton Secondary Series Science Moves 1,2,3,4 and Science Moves Teacher Resource Books 1,2,3,4 Rigby Heinemann Australia Pty Ltd Science Essentials 1,2,3,4 and Science Essentials Teacher Resource Books 1,2,3,4 Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd Science for Life Books 1,2,3,4 and Science for Life Teacher Resource Books 1,2,3,4 Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd Primary Series Science in the Classroom 1,2,3 Oxford University Press Australia Pty Ltd Livewire Investigates Series: Natural Resources, The Space Race, Our Solar System, Ecosystems, The Changing Earth, Genetic Engineering Cambridge University Press Australia Pty Ltd
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