Summer Holidays and Pelicans

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Summer Holidays and Pelicans

If you live in Australia, I hope you are enjoying the summer holidays and have had the chance to dip your toes into some salty water and wiggle them in some sand. We’re currently on holidays with family…which is always my favourite way to holiday.

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The girls have been swimming all day everyday and ChickPea has twice now referred to ‘There’s a Sea in My Bedroom’  – “Mummy I’m like David now! I’m not scared of the sea anymore!” It makes a librarian’s/mother’s heart sing when their three year old quotes favourite books. Our favourite books on swimming and the sea are here. 


This afternoon we had an afternoon of Frozen re-watching, dot-to-dotting (here), gelato, Kubb playing, surf skiing and fish and chips and were joined by the lovely Lyndal – a very good friend and not bad on a camera. The photos in this post are pretty much all by her and you can tell.

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A very friendly pelican joined us and I cannot help but think of Mr Pervical every time I see one of these gorgeous creatures. Mr Percival (1976 – 2009) was the pelican who appeared in the 1976 Australian film adaptation of Colin Theile’s book ‘Storm Boy’. The DVD of ‘Storm Boy’ is below – more book to film adaptations can be found here.

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Colin Thiele wrote a number of books featuring great Australian birds, his pelican ones are ‘Storm Boy’ and the gorgeous picture book for older readers, ‘Pannikan and Pinta’, which I have read a ridiculous number of times over the years. Click on covers or title links to add to your home, school or library collection.

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I was showing PudStar Lyndal’s photos of the pelican this afternoon later tonight and telling her about ‘Storm Boy’. Of course she’s not read this great Australian classic book yet, but she told me that her favourite book with a pelican is, ‘Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen’ by Narelle Oliver – which you can see reviewed here. PudStar rather adores birds and this book has been one of her favourites for some time now.

Enjoy what is left of your holidays…tell me what you’re up to! Check out that fang on PudStar below…fall OUT wobbly tooth!

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  1. Sam on Jan 4, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Totally agree – love all of those books – I also would’ve added Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeanie Baker 🙂

    • Megan Daley on Jan 4, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      OH! OH! How could I forget that one?! Shall have to add it now!

  2. Louisa on Jan 4, 2015 at 9:01 am

    I have just recently found your blog and IG account via Eden Riley. I have two girls who are avid readers and was so pleased to find your blog. It quickly prompted a trip to the library where Miss 10 borrowed 17 books. I showed her the book reviews for upper primary and young adult. Once she found the top 20 horse books she was in heaven! Thank you so much!

    • Megan Daley on Jan 4, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      I’m so PLEASED Louisa! You’ve made my day!

  3. Margaret Thompson. on Jan 4, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Storm Boy a favourite here as well….one of my pelican Statues at home is Mr. Percival….named by #2 Son many years ago when reading Storm Boy…then he had the great delight to cook for Colin Theile when. He was an apprentice chef and Colin had moved to Dayboro ……
    I am sitting at Cotton Tree and can watch the Pelicans….

    • Megan Daley on Jan 4, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      I LOVE Cotton Tree…so lovely there!

  4. Annie Magee on Jan 4, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I was thinking about Storm Boy today also… my family and I shared fish and chips by the seaside at Philip Island this evening. We were joined by almost a dozen pelicans…many more seagulls than that and just for good measure a seal who had come into the shore to feed where the fishermen had cleaned their catch of the day – incredible!

    • Megan Daley on Jan 7, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      WOW!!! That would have been AMAZING!

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