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Celebrated author-illustrator Pamela Allen retells a true story and celebrates some of Australian most famous icons in a series of delightful pictures for the very young.

This is a story of a plastic bag and a bird - a cautionary tale about taking care of our environment as well as being a wonderful showcase of some of the famous sights of Sydney.

'One day, a long time ago when I lived in Kirribilli, Sydney, I packed a lunch and set out to walk to the Botanic Gardens . . .

I crossed the harbour bridge then climbed down to Circular Quay. I walked beside the sea wall, past the Opera House until I reached the Botanic Gardens.


Pamela Allen has to be one of my most favourite children's writers. The latest title in the Pamela Allen collection is perfect and as a cautionary tale, gets little humans talking about what we can do to protect the world we live in.

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Although each of Pamela Allen's stories are unique, this book is in her familiar style of clean yet detailed illustrations that make it very recognisable as one of hers.There is something comforting about the likeness of illustrations in each of Allen's books. it's like visiting an old friend but learning something new as you read each book.

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Formats & editions

  • A Bag and a Bird
    Pamela Allen



    April 16, 2019

    Picture Puffin

    32 pages

    RRP $17.99

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Awards and Recognition

  • WAYBRA Children's Choice Awards
    Picture Books