The thought of rusty Holden utes, singlets & Santa wearing thongs usually make me cringe! The rhymes can also be clunky and, well, just too bloody Ocker for my taste!
But I've always loved Six White Boomers as sung by Rolf Harris (which might not be pc anymore) and Christmas in Australia by John Williamson.
You can click the play button (below) and listen to John Williamson sing Christmas in Australia as you read the rest of this post :-)
However, this year, I've found a new one that I do like - a lot.
The Twelve Days of Christmas Island is beautifully and artfully done. The rhyme & rhythm still works perfectly and the accompanying illustrations are lovely and very colourful.
To give you a taste, here is the second day of Christmas Island...
the Island gave to me,
and an owl in a lilly pilly tree.
Christmas Island is home to hundreds of birds & native plants that are not found anywhere else in the world.
Lagrange has included birds like the Emerald Dove, Frigatebird, Booby, Christmas Island Thrush, Noddy, Glossy Swiftlet & Bowerbird.
At the end of the book is a double page spread of all the birds mentioned in the book with their full names & information about their habits.