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Alternative title: Whitcombe's Story Readers
Issue Details: First known date: 1908... 1908 Whitcombe's Story Books
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Notes

  • Whitcombe's Story Books were a series of children's readers published between 1908 and 1962 and used in Australian and New Zealand schools . They were, however, much more than school books and were often given to children as birthday or Christmas presents (thus the title Whitcombe's Story Books replaced the earlier Southern Cross Continuous Reader ). Today they are collector's items. Ian F. McLaren in his Whitcombe's Story Books: A Trans-Tasman Survey comments that they often did not conform to the rigid requirements of the education authorities and were intended 'as an aid to reading, for leisure time occupation, and to introduce young readers...to the works of major 19th century classical authors, as well as to popular writers of children's fiction' . He adds that WSBs 'represent a large children's library [and are] an important contribution to Australasian children's literature'. Apart from famous overseas authors such as Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson and Mark Twain, a number of Australian and New Zealand authors are represented, including Mary Grant Bruce (Rossiter's Farm and A Cousin from Town) and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite (qq.v.) There are a number of other Whitcombe's series such as Whitcombe's Austral Primers and Whitcombe's Human Geography Readers, but these are just school text books.

Includes

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y separately published work icon The Sausage Man A. C. Alexander , Christchurch : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1941 Z1556366 1941 single work children's fiction children's Christchurch : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1941
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y separately published work icon The Little Gum Tree A. C. Alexander , Christchurch : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1941 Z1556371 1941 single work children's fiction children's Christchurch : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1941
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y separately published work icon The Kangaroo Paw : The Story of a Strange Australian Flower J. J. Hall , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1920-1929 Z1001072 1920-1929 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1920-1929
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y separately published work icon Mr Spider's Walk and Other Stories Eveline Dare , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1946 Z1497148 1946 selected work children's fiction children's A collection of animal stories for children. Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1946
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y separately published work icon How the Bears Came to Bushland and Other Stories C. V. Aitchinson , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1952 Z1330706 1952 selected work children's fiction poetry children's A collection of stories and poems, some of which relate to the origins of Australian animals. Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1952
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y separately published work icon Tommy's Ride on the Emu Jane Ada Fletcher , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1922 Z846324 1922 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1922
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y separately published work icon Goldwing : The Life Story of the Queen Bee Tarlton Rayment , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1922 Z1328995 1922 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1922
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y separately published work icon Teddy Bear's Birthday Party Annie Osborn , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1918 Z1081750 1918 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1921
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y separately published work icon Fuzzy, Wuzzy, and Buzzy Annie Osborn , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1918 Z1300174 1918 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1921
315
y separately published work icon The Guinea Pig That Wanted a Tail Annie Osborn , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1918 Z1328933 1918 single work children's fiction children's Jimmie the guinea pig was desperate for a tail, against all advice from his friends in the zoo. Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1921
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y separately published work icon Ginger for Pluck Arthur Russell , Auckland : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1929 Z1328723 1929 single work children's fiction children's Ginger confidently lives independently by the river but when he saves the life of another child he is offered an opportunity for a different life. Auckland : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1929
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y separately published work icon The Magic Shell Aileen L. Burrow , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1939 Z802408 1939 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1939
372
y separately published work icon The Elfin House and Other Stories Eveline Dare , W. M. Rolland (illustrator), J.H. (illustrator), Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1945 Z1516242 1945 selected work children's fiction children's A small, diverse collection of stories for children aged 8-9 years. Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1945
373
y separately published work icon Bennie the Bandicoot W. M. Rolland , W. M. Rolland (illustrator), Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1946 Z1191153 1946 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1946
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y separately published work icon Wendy Fay Marjorie J. Law , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1947 Z1215506 1947 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1947
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y separately published work icon Little Shepherd : The Life Story of a Little Dog, Founded on Fact Aileen L. Burrow , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1922 Z846240 1922 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1944
439
y separately published work icon Yappy Dingo : An Australian Fairy Tale T. A. White , Sydney : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1934 Z1511748 1934 single work children's fiction children's fantasy Sydney : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1934
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y separately published work icon The School in Cigam Square Josephine Howe , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1945 Z1040654 1945 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1945
504
y separately published work icon Bill Baillie : His Life and Adventures Ellis Rowan , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1908 Z953848 1908 single work children's fiction children's Bill the bilboa is found by Tom, a prospector on his way to Laverton, Western Australia. Tom entrusts the care of small animal to an artist called Tabitha. raised by a flower painter called Tabitha who takes him to Melbourne. Bill Baillie : The Story of a Pet Bilboa Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1925
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y separately published work icon Bill Baillie : His Life and Adventures Ellis Rowan , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1908 Z953848 1908 single work children's fiction children's Bill the bilboa is found by Tom, a prospector on his way to Laverton, Western Australia. Tom entrusts the care of small animal to an artist called Tabitha. raised by a flower painter called Tabitha who takes him to Melbourne. Bill Baillie : The Story of a Pet Bilboa Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1922
514
y separately published work icon Goblin Greenleaf : Life Stories of Some Australian Insects Aileen L. Burrow , Auckland : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1925 Z1331145 1925 single work children's fiction children's To win the hand of Fairy Flora Goblin Greenleaf must collect the most perfect life stories of the creatures in the kingdom. Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1953
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y separately published work icon Bobby's First Term : A School-Boys' Story Hilda Bridges , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1924 Z1300073 1924 single work children's fiction children's Bobby reluctantly joins his older brother Dick to board at Rockley School. They are accused of theft and suspect their sworn enemy Dalton, but all is not as it seems. Christchurch : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1925
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y separately published work icon The Story of Oberon : Written and Adapted from Original Sources Valerie Scott , Marion Campbell , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1922 Z1331112 1922 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1922
525
y separately published work icon Tom in the Andamans George Bruce , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1924 Z1011892 1924 single work children's fiction children's Military romance set in 'India and the Indian frontier, for adolescents'. Source: Australian Literature from its Beginnings, v.2.
Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1924
535
y separately published work icon The Quest of the Crown Jewels Aileen L. Burrow , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1930 Z1304256 1930 single work children's fiction children's A wicked wizard captures the king of Fairyland's crown and steals the jewels and the fairy souls of Princess Diamond and her maidens. Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1930
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y separately published work icon Connie of the Fourth Form Hilda Bridges , 1927 single work children's fiction children's Connie goes to Lowbanks School as a boarder, discovers a secret room containing money and routs a mistress who dislikes her. Christchurch : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1930
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y separately published work icon The Bushrangers of Black Gap John Finnemore , Auckland : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1942 Z1331202 1920 single work children's fiction children's Jim's life as a bank clerk becomes less dull after a bushranger, masquerading as a trooper, bails him up. Auckland : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1942
575
y separately published work icon Samani of Kum Kum Island Alma Southwell Gross , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1955 Z1081606 1955 single work children's fiction children's adventure Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1955
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y separately published work icon Squirmy and Bubbles : A School Story for Girls Lillian M. Pyke , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1924 Z848673 1924 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1924
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y separately published work icon Homeward Bound Steve Bennett , Auckland : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1939 Z1331448 1939 single work children's fiction children's Robert's father wants him to take a job with a law firm in the city but instead Robert is inspired to join the crew of the full-rigged ship the 'Margharita' for her voyage to England. Auckland : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1939
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y separately published work icon Carnaby's Boy : A Tale of the Founding of Melbourne Hilda Bridges , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1926 Z96071 1926 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1926
627
y separately published work icon The Golden Quest : A Story of the Eureka Stockade The Golden Quest : A Story of the Eureka Stockade (Ballarat, Dec. 3rd, 1854) William Thomas Hill , Auckland Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1925 Z1074187 1925 single work children's fiction children's Auckland Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1925
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y separately published work icon Pearls and Gold Mona Tracy , Auckland : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1928 Z1491537 1928 single work children's fiction children's Three chapters and the ending are set in Sydney Auckland : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1928
661
y separately published work icon The Valley of the Sky Tarlton Rayment , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1937 Z517428 1937 single work novel historical fiction The Valley of the Sky : abridged from the Australian pioneering story Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1942
y separately published work icon Geoffry Hamlyn in Australia Henry Kingsley , Melbourne Auckland : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1912 Z1039850 1912 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne Auckland : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1912
y separately published work icon Spotty, the Bower Bird and Other Nature Stories : Life Histories of Australian Birds and Animals Edward S. Sorenson , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1921 Z848757 1921 selected work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1921
y separately published work icon Toilers of the Reef Frank Reid , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1922 Z1331355 1922 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1922
y separately published work icon The Naughty Baby Monkey Annie Osborn , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1918 Z1351744 1918 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1922
y separately published work icon Spotty, the Bower Bird and Other Nature Stories : Life Histories of Australian Birds and Animals Edward S. Sorenson , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1921 Z848757 1921 selected work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1923
y separately published work icon Bobby's First Term : A School-Boys' Story Hilda Bridges , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1924 Z1300073 1924 single work children's fiction children's Bobby reluctantly joins his older brother Dick to board at Rockley School. They are accused of theft and suspect their sworn enemy Dalton, but all is not as it seems. Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1924
y separately published work icon Toilers of the Reef Frank Reid , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1922 Z1331355 1922 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1925
y separately published work icon Toilers of the Reef Frank Reid , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1922 Z1331355 1922 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Frank Reid , 1930
y separately published work icon 'Koo' the Kookaburra Ida Jane Louisa Cole , Sydney : 1940 Z1330961 1940 single work children's fiction children's Christchurch : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1941
y separately published work icon Wanna : A Small Tasmanian Aborigine Who Made Friends with Captain Cook at Adventure Bay Jane Ada Fletcher , Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1948 Z846360 1948 single work children's fiction children's Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs , 1948

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Works about this Work

y separately published work icon Whitcombe's Story Books : A Trans-Tasman Survey Ian F. McLaren , Parkville : University of Melbourne Library , 1984 Z1036799 1984 single work bibliography
y separately published work icon Whitcombe's Story Books : A Trans-Tasman Survey Ian F. McLaren , Parkville : University of Melbourne Library , 1984 Z1036799 1984 single work bibliography
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