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The Shop Train

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Written by Josie Wowolla Boyle and illustrated by Paul Seden


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For teachers, librarians and parents wanting to delve into a historical narrative through themes of - transport, family and Community, bound for yesteryear. Share in the timeless gift, a First Nations story and childhood memory from Wonghi Elder, Josie Wowolla Boyle. Brought to life through the stunning illustrations of contrast, from Wuthathi and Muralag illustrator Paul Seden.

The Shop Train has become a bedtime favourite in our house (with our daughter, aged 4) and has opened the door to a world of discussions and making connections, particularly around trains, transport and the role they have played in our family's lives through the years.

The Shop Train is written for children and students aged 5 - 9 years old (Foundation - Year 3) and I just love how its depth will captivate the minds of students of all ages through the complexity and mastery of the illustrations and their connections to the text.

Whether it is for the classroom library, school library or home library, The Shop Train is one that will be an all time favourite all year round and become a perfect modelled reading and mentor text for your English or History program.


Foundation, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3


Wonghi, Wuthathi, Muralag


English, History, The Arts


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