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.