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Tea and Sugar Christmas

Tea and Sugar Christmas 2

by Jane Jolly and Robert Ingpen

Hardback Age range: 5+ years old Publication Date: 01/11/2014

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The Tea and Sugar train only came once a week on a Thursday.

But the special Christmas train only came once a year.

Today was Sunday.

Four more days without sugar.

Four more days until the Christmas train. Please, please be on time. Please don’t be late.

Join Kathleen in the outback as she eagerly awaits the Christmas Tea and Sugar train. Will she meet Father Christmas? Will she receive a Christmas gift from him? A delightful, heart-warming story from the National Library of Australia that will intrigue, captivate and introduce readers to a slice of the past. Wonderful sensitive illustrations, including a beautiful double fold-out image showing the shops inside all the carriages.

For 81 years, from 1915 to 1996, the Tea and Sugar Train travelled from Port Augusta to Kalgoorlie once a week. It serviced the settlements along the Nullarbor Plain, a 1050-long rail link. It was a lifeline. There were no shops or services in these settlements. The train carried everything they needed household goods, groceries, fruit and vegetables, a butcher’s van, banking facilities and at one time even a theatrette car for showing films.

The biggest excitement for the children was the first Thursday of December every year, when Father Christmas travelled the line. He distributed gifts to all the children on the way, including those of railway workers, those in isolated communities, and station kids.

  • Winner Abia Small Publisher Children’s Book of the Year 
  • Winner Mapda Children’s Book Design Award 
  • Shortlisted CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
  • Notable Book CBCA Picture Book
  • Notable Book CBCA Younger Readers
ISBN:
9780642278630
9780642278630
Category:
Children's
Age range:
5+ years old
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-11-2014
Publisher:
National Library of Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
36
Dimensions (mm):
270x225mm
Weight:
0.38kg
Jane Jolly

Jane Jolly is a primary school teacher of 35 years' experience. She has taught in Aboriginal schools, area schools and primary schools.

In 1983 she worked as a governess on Commonwealth Hill Station. She now works part time as a teacher/librarian at Eastern Fleurieu School in South Australia, teaching creative writing and literature appreciation.

Jane has had three picture books published, each earning a Notable Award from the Children's Book Council of Australia. Outside of teaching and writing her interests include organic gardening, cooking, and the plight of refugees.

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  • Authentically Australian

    by on

    A very moving story with beautiful illustrations that help capture the wonder of the Australian country and its native race.

  • Beautiful Australian story

    by on

    I try to buy books with Australian content for my grandchildren (to combat Mr Disney!) and this book was perfect. The characters, setting and story of the train are all uniquely Australian and beautifully illustrated/told.

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