Bessie the Bilby Needs a Friend

By Anna Notley
Illustrated by Janet Tiitinen

For ages 4+
A sweet story about loneliness and our need for friendship. Follow Bessie on her journey to find a friend like her.

This charming book illustrates the Australian desert, the major habitat of bilbies, as well as other typical Australian landscapes. Children will love looking for the many different Australian animals featured in the pictures throughout.

You can use this book to discuss:

  • What your child likes about having friends
  • The names and characteristics of the animals pictured
  • The types of places where different Australian animals live

Linked activity idea

Look up a picture of a real bilby on the internet and talk about their need for protection.

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For ages 4+
A sweet story about loneliness and our need for friendship. Follow Bessie on her journey to find a friend like her.

This charming book illustrates the Australian desert, the major habitat of bilbies, as well as other typical Australian landscapes. Children will love looking for the many different Australian animals featured in the pictures throughout.

You can use this book to discuss:

  • What your child likes about having friends
  • The names and characteristics of the animals pictured
  • The types of places where different Australian animals live

Linked activity idea

Look up a picture of a real bilby on the internet and talk about their need for protection.

$15.00

SKU PLPB005 Categories ,
ISBN-13 978-1-922648-19-8

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Why picture books?

Picture books cover a diverse range of topics, expose children to words and language they might not hear normally in conversation, and teach children how reading works (left to right, top to bottom). While picture books might be too hard for early readers to read by themselves at first, the books are not too hard to understand.
Reading picture books with your child will inspire them to learn to read on their own, and experience the pleasure of reading.

These picture books were designed to accompany the LanguageLift program. However, children will also enjoy the books separately as they learn about the elements of a good story.

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