Even before I opened Book of Australian Trees by author Inga Simpson there were two things that really struck me. The first was this is an Australian book with the front cover very obviously featuring an iconic Australian plant image that cannot be mistaken for any other country. From my perspective the cover of this book also has that old Australian charm that brings to mind the books written by May Gibbs in the first half of last century including text that brings to mind books from yesteryear.
The Book of Australian Trees is sold as a children’s book and the style of writing and associated images leave no doubt about that. Being a children’s book the language isn’t overly heavy but is written in such a way that adults will also appreciate. The information provided highlights key facts about a selection of 15 iconic trees from around the country. The artwork in this book also matches the style of writing.
While this is a children’s book its something that would also make a great gift for overseas friends or an interesting coffee table book. This is the type of book I can image buying for a child that will retain its place into adulthood, it just has that feel about it.
Listen to our interview with author Inga Simpson in the Australian Hiker Podcast episodes 189 (to be uploaded in the next 3 hours)
You can purchase The Book of Australian Trees from The Book Depository or Amazon Australia in Kindle format. At the time of this review stock availability was limited so find other purchasing options through Hachette Publishers Australia
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Inga Simpson, author of The Book of Australian Trees (image by Red Berry photography)
The Book of Australian Trees front cover
Excert of text from The Book of Australian Trees
Image of Grey Gum by illustrator Alicia Rogerson in The Book of Australian Trees
This review was done with product provided by the publisher