An Echidna for Your Birthday, Angus!
Can you imagine what a baby Echidna is called? How does it feed, and how can its mother care for it, with all those spines?
A fun filled story for the 5-to-8-year-old reader, it offers an adventure in the outback, looking for an Echidna. We find out what they eat, who is like them, and who has no idea what an Echidna might be.
Let your child come on an information packed adventure with Nana Lesley in the magic red helicopter and have a chat to some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife.
Here is a snippet of the story, for you.
“They are laughing because they like to tease my old Dalmatian dog, Pepper. She hates it when she gets laughed at and they have her running up and down, barking at them, all day long.”
Before Nana and Noah could take off in the magic red helicopter, because they were still watching the kangaroos, and listening to the kookaburras, they saw a strange little animal with a very funny walk.
It was the ECHIDNA, just about to disappear down a hole!
The Echidna has spines, a long snout and strong claws. When they walk, they seem to roll from side to side, as if they were walking on a ship instead of being on the land.
“A baby Echidna is called a “puggle”; its mother lays an egg and carries it in a pouch on her tummy. Kangaroos have pouches too, deep ones like a real pocket.” Nana explained to Noah.
“An Echidna pouch is not much more than a fold in the skin on the outside of the mummy’s tummy, where she doesn’t have any spines. The egg hatches after about ten days and the baby Echidna is the size of a jelly bean,” Nana continued.
Noah was amazed!
“It just hangs on to the hair on its mother’s skin, and sucks up the milk from a couple of feeding patches. The mother keeps it in there until it starts to grow its spines,” Nana told him. “After that, she leaves it at home in her burrow while she goes out feeding.
“And what, young Noah, do you think they eat? “
Noah slowly shook his head. “Nana, I don’t know.”
Every story is personalised for each child.
With some outback history and a visit to the Zoo, it’s a delightful story for young readers who are entranced to see and hear their own name over and over again.
How does it work?
This individually personalised story for a boy or a girl, aged from 5 to 8, is written with the child’s own name, photo & interests included, to make it all about them.
Here is how we personalised this beginning of this story for Noah.
Once upon a time, there was a young boy called Noah. He got up extra early one morning. When he went to bed the night before, he was promised there would be something red and magical outside for him in the morning. And there was!
On Noah’s back lawn was a magic red helicopter, and he had permission to go for a ride in it! When he got up close he could see there was a Nana in there.
She called “Hop in, Noah and let’s go for a birthday ride. I know you like your super heroes, and you have just started playing footy. Your favourite team is West Coast Eagles. Steak with mashed potato is a favourite food, and you like playing board games with xxxx, your best friend. Snakes and Ladders is one.
When your Dad is home from work, you have lots of fun together. Especially at the football.”
“Your birthday is on xxxx, and you are going to be xxxxx. It’s never too early or too late to have a birthday ride in our magic red helicopter, Noah”
Noah hopped in and away they went – in the twinkling of an eye. “What are we going to see, Nana?” asked Noah. “We are going to see an Echidna,” she told him. “They live in the bush in Australia in lots of places, and they look like a hedgehog, but they are not even cousins.”
It’s not easy to find an Echidna, even for a Nana in a helicopter. First, she and Noah flew over the desert to see what they could find.
Every child is entranced by having their name all the way through the story, and it becomes their own adventure.
After completing your order, you are sent to a page, where you enter all your child’s details. We ask you to send at least one good photo of the child, and if you choose to send several more, we will include them in the book.
Gifting Pack $49.50
We personalise the story for boys and for girls, with the child’s own name, photo & interests, to make it all about them. Their birthday, best friend, favourite toy, food, and anything else you want us to include. Using their own name, it’s an adventure with lots of conversation, interaction, and fun.
Once you choose to purchase the pack , you will be directed to a separate page to enter all your child’s details. Please make sure to send us a photo of your child, so we can include it in their own personalised story.
The Book and the digital eBook together make this an amazing gift.
You will receive a full colour, printed and bound edition of your child’s own book, PLUS the full colour, digital (PDF) copy of the story written for your own child, with their personal information and photographs included.
Your child’s story book is easy for them to hold and read, with large font, and full colour printing on gloss art paper. Well presented with secured binding means it will last for many years.
We include the photographs you provide, and whatever you choose to tell us. Before we finish and print it, you get a preview of the first two or three pages, to make sure you are happy with the inclusion of your child’s personal information.
Brilliant pictures and a fun interactive conversational dialogue will entrance your child, and encourage reading and sharing. Every child gets a welcome from Nana Lesley, and an occasional card to keep in touch
When the story is ready, we send the digital copy to the email address you used to order the story. You can download it to a device and save it. Print it, if you wish. Your family will love it, when you share it with them.
At the same time, the full colour printed edition is sent to you, in the post.
It’s the perfect pair. By downloading the digital versions to a device, it’s wonderful for mobile reading. The lovely printed edition for reading as a real book makes the Gifting pack the most favoured option. If you are a FIFO parent, or a Grandparent, this is a wonderful way to bond with your child, through reading their very own story.