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Have you ever seen a smack of jellyfish by Sarah Asper-Smith

Have you ever seen a smack of jellyfish by Sarah Asper-Smith

“Mum, do you like chookens?” asked my two-year-old. It took me a moment to realise he was talking about a group of hens.

Giving a new slant on animal alphabet books is Have You Ever Seen a Smack of Jellyfish? by Sarah Asper-Smith. Working from A to Z, Asper-Smith looks at animals in their groups – an army of ants, a covey of quail, a string of ponies and a parliament of owls to name a few. It’s a little tempting to get show-offy with this book so excuse your child when they accost visitors with the question, “Do you know what a bunch of ferrets is called? I do!”*

The illustrations are simple and perfectly pitched for younger readers, with the animals shown in black silhouette against bright backgrounds.

Have You Ever Seen a Smack of Jellyfish? is available from Book Depository for $16.74. Book Depository ship free of charge to Australia. Also check out Asper-Smith’s Etsy store where you will find greeting cards and prints of this unique animal alphabet.

*It’s a business of ferrets.

Have you ever seen a smack of jellyfish by Sarah Asper-Smith

Have you ever seen a smack of jellyfish by Sarah Asper-Smith

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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