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Edi t orsLetter EditorsLetter Welcome to the June Issue of the Your Child in Whittlesea Magazine, Where is the year disappearing too? - Winter is here already?! The weather has been a little all over the place, some days nice and sunny, while others have been nasty and bleak. However, on those really cold and wet days I like to curl up with a hot cup of coffee and a warm blanket and read a good book. Or if you’re short of time, this month’s magazine has some interesting articles you could have a quick read through. I really enjoyed ‘Why should I send my child outdoors?’ and ‘Reading with Young Children.’ ‘Kids in the Kitchen’ this month, has a guest Mini Chef Darcy cooking Tzatziki Dip and Flat Bread. Great for a heathy afternoon snack or party finger food, page 27. Hanging with Hannah is on page 10, Hannah this month is looking back at a favourite park from June 2017, Hannah loved to visit this park as it allowed for her imagination to run wild, with play ideas. ‘Who doesn’t want to be a fairy or a pirate?’ This month the magazine has a fantastic book giveaway Kokey Koala. The review and entry details can be found on page 6. In What’s On this month - The Maples Early Leaning Centre is hosting a D.I.Y Big Freeze 7, supporting FIGHTMND to raise awareness and funds to help the campaign and the City of Whittlesea have their annual World Environment Celebration on again, see page 20 & 21 for more information. Wishing all our readers a fantastic month,

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20 years ago Trixie Whitmore published Kokey Koala and the Bush Olympics a children’s ‘adventure’ picture book just in time for the Sydney Olympics.

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Now, after her passing last year, Trixie’s family has republished the book in hardcover as a tribute and legacy to the late author. And it’s just in time for the Tokyo Olympics! Kokey Koala and the Bush Olympics is the story of a cute koala who, with determination and courage, participates in a series of Bush Olympics sports with the hope of winning an Olympic Gold Medal. .

Guaranteed to appeal to a new generation of children, the book's exquisite hand-painted illustrations accurately detail fauna and flora that are special in each of Australia's states and territories. This enables an intricate 'find and discover' experience to captivate and educate readers as they follow Kokey Koala on his enduring quest to win 'Gold'. Answers are provided at the back of the book to confirm the animals, insects and plants are correctly identified. Hundreds of Kokey's friends can be found including a dunnart, platypus, phascogale, echidna, antechinus, cicada, pademelon and scores of colourful birds. "The book is fun and engaging for children and adults alike with heart-warming rhyming poems throughout," said Trixie Whitmore's daughter, Elizabeth Hamilton. "Trixie's love of the Australian bush inspired her to create this book to show off our unique Australian fauna and flora whilst highlighting a variety of Olympic sports including diving, swimming, relay, canoeing, sailing and gymnastics. “Along with the wonderful illustrations and my mother's rhyming poems, the book contains the overall key message of, 'Keep trying Kokey, be brave and bold, and soon you'll win Olympic Gold'." Your Child Magazines recommends this delightful book for a child you love !

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h a n n a H h t i w Hanging Buttercross Park

Dalmeny Way, Doreen This month in Hanging with Hannah we wanted to look back at a park that Hannah visited in June 2017. Hannah found this park very exci ng as she could play freely using her imagina on. With her coat and gumboots on and a towel in hand for drying the play equipment she set out to play. Bu ercross Park is a small hill top park with amazing views. The playground is perfect for young children. A highlights are the row of colourful Fairy Toadstools, a stone wall for climbing through and on, a coloured balls sculpture, a fantas c sandpit a wooden hut, basket swing, swing set, a spinner and a wooden boat complete with steering wheel . The park has a grassy area for playing, undercover BBQ facili es, tables and chairs, rubbish bins and a drink fountain. Hannah really enjoyed the freedom of the park - playing make believe. It is a great space to allow li le imagina ons to take flight. Next me Hannah visits she will bring along her fairy wings and pirate hat.


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CONTENTS Business Opportunity 32 Your Child Magazines

Regulars 4 Editors Letter 10 Hanging with Hannah

This Month’s Advertisers

20 What’s On

Baby Obsessions

26 Kids Corner

Butteries Childcare & ELC

27 Kids in the Kitchen

City of Whittlesea - Immunisation

28 Handy Phone Numbers

Dance Majic

Articles

Herbal Life

6 Book Review - Kokey Koala

Hume Anglican Grammar

8 Why should I send my child outside?

Inatable World

22 Reading with Young Children

Little Flyers Little Learners ELC Marymede Catholic College

24 Why You Should Write a Book 28 Winter Motivation!

Scope St Paul the Apostle TBS Software The Kilmore International School The Parentmedic Movement Yarra Plenty Regional Library

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“We are a collective family and we collaborate, so we can branch off other people’s ideas.” (Year Five Student)

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