Books

Janagatha – The Australian Dog – Kent 1806

Historical Fiction / Art / Animals

Readers 7 and up/adult

Hardcover – 68 Page – 30 x 24cm

32 Full Colour Plates – Plus 32 Watercolour Sketches

ISBN: 978-0-646-92579-0

For art lovers of all ages: The year is 1806. This beautifully illustrated book follows the tale of Annabelle, an orphaned young girl living The Medway Towns, South East of England. Determined to succeeded in life, Annabelle makes a home for herself in Chatham Dockyard and finds some new friends, who include a wizard, a boy named Andrew, and two unique dogs.

 

Annabelle is determined to fullfil her parents’ wish to move to Australia. and so she embarks on a mission. This light hearted story, bursting with illustration will appeal to a wide audience. The books had been designed to encourage creativity, and to widen the reader’s appreciation of the visual arts in general.

 

The book includes a Quiz Section  – fun for the whole family – test your observations skills

Janagatha and The Family Tree
Australia 1870 – 1966

Historical Fiction / Art / Animals

Readers 7 and up/adult

Hardcover – 68 Page – 30 x 24cm

32 Full Colour Plates – Plus 32 Watercolour Sketches

ISBN: 978-0-646-91095-6

For art lovers of all ages, this beautifully illustrated book follows the tale of Janagatha, a mischievous young student, who is reluctantly studying her family tree for homework. Janagatha has three pet hates in life: her teacher Mrs Mainprize; writing lines; – and top of the list, homework.

 

Janagatha’s Great-Grandma, Jessie, a kind sweet natured, talented artist, had painted her life on canvas for more than eighty years. Jessie has offered to show Janagatha her collection of paintings and to explain all about life in the ‘Good-Old-Days’, but Janagatha wants none of it.

 

One thing, very importantly, that Janagatha is not aware of, is Great-Grandma Jessie’s memories include information about a wizard who has left an interesting legacy for the family that started many years ago.

 

Laugh and cry along with Janagatha as the magical tale unfolds.

Janagatha & The Kosciusko Wizard – 1967

Historical Fiction / Art / Animals

Readers 7 and up/adult

Hardcover – 68 Page – 30 x 24cm

32 Full Colour Plates – Plus 32 Watercolour Sketches

ISBN: 978-0-646-95124-9

For art lovers of all ages, this beautifully illustrated book follows the fictional story of Janagatha, a spirited young girl, who goes with her family to climb to the top of Mount Kosciusko to plant a national treasure. Janangatha’s Great-Grandad, Jack, who serves as an Anzac at Gallipolli, has made this special, personal request to her.

 

Janagatha is only too happy to oblige, but unknown to others, has decided to take with her a magic-treasure of her own to leave on the slopes. From the foothills of Thredbo, a ski village in the Snowy Mountains, the story unfolds to captivate readers’ imaginations as they are literally led up steep, rocky slopes, past peat bogs and wild terrain, to the summit of Australia’s highest mountain, testing their moral and physical fortitude.

 

Hold your breath as this magical tale unfolds. Face tormenting frustration, learn lessons of responsibility and experience the love that only a family and their canine companions can show.

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Romance of the Rail

History in art and word

Janet Skinner – Artist

Pauline Reckentin – Author

John Kerr – Editor

Hardcover – 88 Page – 21 x 30 cm

60 Paintings by Janet Skinner

ISBN: 0959-507-280

Romance of the Rail is living history, people telling their own stories, inspired and illustrated by the art of Janet Skinner. Rather than simply mourn the loss of familiar railway stations, Janet has turned her artistic skills to preserving their memories.

 

Granted permission by Queensland Rail, she went from station to station, capturing the essence in her paintings and attracting those who spent their lives in and around those stations.

 

They told her their stories. Patiently Pauline Reckentin listen to the tapes and turned their words into a book that shares with the reader, memories of life on the railway.

 

Janet extended her work from Queensland to New South Wales, and captured the spirit of preservation and restoration of railways and locomotives in both states. Well-known rail historian (late) John Kerr has edited the text into a rare combination of art and anecdote.

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Janet Skinner Placemats 

Placemats – ‘Scenes of Blackbutt’

By Janet Skinner

Four designs to a pack.

 

1 – Janagatha Dog and friends, outside Janet Skinner Gallery

2 – Main street, looking to the pub.

3 – The ‘Old Garage’ on Coulson Street.

4 – The famous Blackbutt Bakery.

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Janagatha Book Series – Quiz Answers

Janagatha – The Australia Dog

  • The Mobile Phone – pg 15
  • 1960’s Television – pg 15
  • 13 Kangaroos – pgs 1, 26, 64, 65
  • 4 Koalas – pgs 39, 47, 64, 65
  • 1 Crocodile – pg 57
  • 1 Seahorse – pg 65
  • 2 Frogs & a Toad – pg 57, 64
  • 1 Wombat & A Budgie – pg 11, 54
  • 7 Pigs – pgs 7, 17, 64
  • 118 Dogs including front & back cover (have fun!)
  • 48 Horses (inc front & back cover) –
    • pgs 3, 6, 7, 11, 15, 25, 30, 31, 32, 33, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 54, 55, 57, 64, 65
  • 6 Mice – pgs 7, 9, 29, 59
  • 1 Handbag – pg 57
  • 2 Teapots – pg 65
  • 3 Ghosts – pgs 36, 37

Janagatha & The Family Tree – Australia 1870 – 1966

  • 7 Mice – pgs 20, 23, 25, 26, 29, 32, 64
  • 7 Kangaroos – pgs 15, 19, 58
  • 118 Dogs (inc front & back cover) Have Fun !
  • 1 Dragon & an Elephant – pg 12
  • Uluru, Northern Territory – pg 24
  • The Sydney Harbour Bridge – pg 20
  • The Story Bridge – pg 20
  • The Opera House, Sydney – pg 20
  • Blackbutt Clock Tower, Queensland – pg 22