By Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

The war carried the Spanish flu across the world.

Faces grew masks. Shops and schools wore signs that said, ‘Closed’. Families nursing the sick drew their curtains together to say their house was quarantined…

From the award-winning creators of Flood, Fire, Cyclone and Drought, comes this powerful story of humanity prevailing during a pandemic.

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The Natural Disaster Picture Books Created with Bruce Whatley


By Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

One small spark brought fire awake
Winding like a small black snake
Fire flickered, fire crept
Flames snickered, bushfire leapt...

Inspired by the bushfires that have affected many Australians, Fire is a moving and sensitive story of a natural disaster as seen through the eyes of a cockatoo. The fire mercilessly engulfs homes and land, leaving a devastating path of destruction. But from the ruins, courage, kindness and new life grows.


By Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

Pile the presents by the tree
Though clouds spiral out at sea.
Wind snarls, skies weep grey
But Santa’s sleigh is on its way!

Christmas Eve 1974 is marked indelibly into the Australian psyche as the night tropical cyclone Tracy devastated the city of Darwin.

Now, over 40 years later, Jackie French’s lyrical rhyming text tells the story of a city’s indomitable spirit, and Bruce Whatley’s sumptuous illustrations bring to life the powerful force of the storm to a whole new generation of readers.


From best-selling author Jackie French and much-loved illustrator Bruce Whatley-creators of many award-winning and bestselling children's books-comes Flood.


By Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

I remember when rain stopped,
When day by day
the water dropped ...

All across a sun-bleached land,
Drought spread its
deadly hand.

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About the Author:

Jackie was the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014/15 and the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year.  She is also an historian, ecologist, dyslexic, and a passionate worker for literacy, the right of all children to be able to read, and the power of books.

Jackie’s writing career spans 25 years, 148 wombats, over 140 books, 36 languages, 3,721 bush rats, and over 60 awards in Australia and overseas.

Jackie is also the ACT Children’s Week Ambassador, 2011 Federal Literacy Ambassador, patron of Books for Kids, YESS, and joint patron of Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People with Susanne Gervais and Morris Gleitzman. She is also a director of The Wombat Foundation that raises funds for research into the preservation of the endangered northern hairy nosed wombat.

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Weight 0.35 kg
Dimensions 25.8 × 24.8 cm








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