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    The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle

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    Bitter Greens, Kate Forsyth

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    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

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    Lost and Found, Brooke Davis

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    The Little Mermaid, Hans Christian Andersen

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    Bitter Greens, Kate Forsyth

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    Remarkable Creatures, Tracy Chevalier

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Grief and Sunshine in Brooke Davis’ Lost and Found

Brooke Davis wrote Lost and Found as a way to deal with her own grief after the loss of her mother. The result is a funny, bittersweet novel about working out how to live in the world after you have been touched by grief. Millie is a gorgeous confection of humour, sweetness and gentle curiosity. She will break your heart… Read more…

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The Lobster Quadrille – Alice in Wonderland

One of my favourite chapters in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is the Lobster Quadrille – the chapter where the Mock Turtle recounts his early childhood days of living under the sea. Gardner tells us that, ‘The Quadrille, a kind of square dance in five figures, was one of the most difficult ballroom dances fashionable at the time Carroll wrote his tale…’ Read more…

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Sacrifice and Identity in Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is a world-famous tale by Hans Christan Andersen about an innocent young mermaid who longs for something different -the world of human beings. She strikes a bargain with a sea witch to achieve her goal. It is a story of independence and identity, love and loss, and like many fairy tales, it is open to many interpretations…. Read more…