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Issue Details: First known date: 1955... 1955 Eight Notes
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Story about little Marjorie, who is learning to play the piano. She loses patience with practising and hits the piano, creating a discordant sound. The piano begins to speak, and talks to her about how its notes are like human beings, and will work best when in harmony. It goes on to talk about how Marjorie will one day be able to play the National Anthem ('God Save the Queen'), and the importance of the Queen 'in the Australian way of life'.

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    y separately published work icon Animal Talk and Other Stories for Boys and Girls Neville Smith , Melbourne : Cheshire , 1955 Z1500460 1955 selected work children's fiction children's 'Here are twenty-five stories that have escaped from life - that is, the kind of life that most normal Australian boys and girls lead. In them, everyday life become involved with strange things and happenings. Magic comes creeping in when least expected; fairies and sprites appear; animals and objects indulge in conversations; dreams take the oddest turns. But, though there may be a friendly lion in a story, or a sea maid, or a flame fairy who can only speak in rhyme, in every case the central person is a normal Australian girl or boy.' (Inside dust jacket) Melbourne : Cheshire , 1955 pg. 27-29
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