A Bellbird in a Flame Tree

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A Bellbird in a Flame Tree

written and illustrated by Kilmeny Niland

Ages 5 & up, 32 pages

Most people know the original version of The Twelve Days of Christmas, but this is an Australian version. I had difficulty finding this book on Amazon and I was lucky enough that my library had it. Kilmeny Niland is an award winning artist who lives in Sydney, Australia. I thought this book was educational to learn about different animals. A Bellbird in a Flame Tree can be used to introduce Australian animals and then gather more information about them.

Here is the full list of the animals:

One on the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, 
twelve koalas clowning, 
eleven lizards leaping, 
ten dingoes dancing, 
nine numbats knitting, 
eight quokkas cooking, 
seven mice a-marching, 
six penguins peeping, 
five crocodiles, 
four pelicans, 
three lorikeets, 
two wallabies, 
and a bellbird in a flame tree. 

Additonal Information about Australian Animals

6 thoughts on “A Bellbird in a Flame Tree

    dadirri7 said:
    December 8, 2011 at 12:29 am

    We are very strange over here at the end of the world, in the great south land of the holy spirit … but we do love to read about our own animals and Kilmeny Niland does a good job 😀

      Caroline responded:
      December 8, 2011 at 7:07 pm

      It’s great to hear a comment from a native who may recognize these animals. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

    thiskidreviewsbooks said:
    December 8, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Very Cool!

      Caroline responded:
      December 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      I try to find diverse books that may be new to someone. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

    Caitlin said:
    December 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I actually knew this one and this one only as a child – I still have to remind myself that it starts with partridge, not bellbird.

      Caroline responded:
      December 20, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      Are you from Australia? Well, there’s different versions so your way wasn’t the wrong way. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

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