'Celebrate the fun and freedom of the Australian summer with eight classic picture books in one beautiful volume.
Sandy toes, soaring gulls, and splashing in the waves. What’s not to love about summer? Celebrate the freedom and joy of the long, warm holidays with The Puffin Book of Summer Stories.'
Source: Publisher's blurb.
'Thomas and Grandpa go the beach. It is an Australian summer. The sun is shining, the gulls are screeching and the sea is singing. Together they build a sandcastle, they have a picnic and they splash in the water. Then at the end of the day, Grandpa takes a sleepy Thomas home. In this lovely picture book for the very young, Pamela Allen gently unfolds the special relationship between grandchild and grandfather.' (Publication summary)
'Elly is Eve's toy elephant, but he's also her best friend. When Elly goes missing, Eve is the one who is lost.
'When Eve loses her faithful companion, a stuffed elephant called Elly, she's terribly sad. Eve's father will do anything to cheer his little girl up, so he tells Eve what adventures her toy has been up to. Dad's tall tale turns little Elly into a towering hero. But if Eve has seen through the story, she's not going to let on. She loves her silly dad just as much as she loves Elly.' (Publication summary)
'Not since Harry the Dirty Dog has there been such a lovable puppy with such an aversion to pet grooming. A beautiful picture book about a lovable, but scruffy dog.
'Our dog is not a clean dog,
a shiny or a fluffy dog.
Our dog is a seadog' (Publisher's blurb)
'Max and Bob are old friends. Max helps out in Bob's shop, and in the evenings they go fishing together.
'Until one summer, when everything changes . . .
'From the winner of the 2013 Crichton Award for Australia's best new illustrator comes this heartwarming story of enduring friendship.