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Mary Small (1932–) Biography - Personal, Addresses, Career, Member, Honors Awards, Writings, Adaptations

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Born 1932, in Plymouth, England; immigrated to Australia, 1962. Education: London College of Speech and Drama, diploma (speech therapy), 1954.

Addresses

Agent—c/o Australian Socity of Authors Ltd., P.O. Box 1566, Strawberry Hills, New South Wales 2012, Australia.

Career

Children's book author and speech therapist.

Member

Australian Society of Authors, Childrens's Book Council of Australia (New South Wales branch), University of the Third Age, Riding for the Disabled Association of Australia (life member), Sutherland Shire Historical Society, Children's Writers Network.

Honors Awards

Australian Publishing Association Award shortlist, and Australian Newspaper Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing Award shortlist, both 2003, both for Simpson and Duffy; Silver Logie award, 2003, for Tracey McBean television series;

Writings

FOR CHILDREN

A Bear in My Bedroom, illustrated by Ingrid van Dyk, Carroll's (Perth, Western Australia, Australia), 1976.

The Sea Dog, illustrated by I. Putu Santosa, Carroll's (Perth, Western Australia, Australia), 1978.

And Alice Did the Walking, photographs by Lionel Jensen, Oxford University Press (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1978, published as A Pony Named Shawney, illustrated by Suçie Stevenson, Mondo Publishing (Greenvale, NY), 1997.

Night of the Muttonbirds, illustrated by Robert Ingpen, Methuen Australia (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1981.

The Trouble with Peggetty, illustrated by Irena Sibley, Kangaroo Press (Kenthurst, New South Wales, Australia), 1984.

Rattletrap Rosie, photographs by Ron Ryan, Buttercup Books (Melboure, Victoria, Australia), 1984.

Jodie's BMX Wheelchair (with sound recording), illustrated by Neil Chenery, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1985.

Grandfather's Tiger, Methuen (North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia), 1985.

Peter Moss (with sound recording), illustrated by Neil Chenery, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1985, published as Christmas and Peter Moss, International Cultural Exchange (Great Neck, NY), 1987.

The Lizard of Oz, illustrated by Julia McLeish, J.M. Dent (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1986.

Muddy Footprints, photographs by Sue McKinnon, J.M. Dent (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1987.

Thack's Army, Methuen Australia (North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia), 1987.

Cat Crusoe, illustrated by Edward Crosby, Bookshelf Publishing, 1988.

What a Pest!, illustrated by Lynne Tracey, Curriculum Development Centre (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia), 1988.

The Enormous Hole, illustrations by Hal Slatter, Buttercup Books (Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia), 1989.

Tracey McBean's Stretching Machine, illustrated by Arthur Filloy, Collins Australia (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1989, published as Tracey McBean and the Stretching Machine, ABC Books (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2002.

Simpson and Duffy, illustrated by Ester Kasepuu, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1989.

Santa Claws, illustrated by Vicky Kitanov, Collins Australia (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1989.

Broome Dog, illustrated by Arthur Boothroyd, Walter McVitty Books (Glebe, New South Wales, Australia), 1989.

Adam's Boat, illustrated by Heather Campbell, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1989.

Quiet Pony for Sale, illustrated by Heather Campbell, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1990.

Not Zackly, illustrated by Penny Azar, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1990.

Country Cousin, illustrated by Dee Huxley, Collins/Angus & Robertson (North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia), 1991.

(With Dianne Bates) Who Pushed Humpty?, illustrated by Craig Smith, Mimosa Publishing (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1991.

Mr Thompson's Teddy, illustrated by Richard Collins, Angus & Robertson (Pymble, New South Wales, Australia), 1992.

Night of the Muttonbirds, illustrated by Ken Andrews, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1992.

(Compiler) Saddle Up: A Collection of Australian Horse Stories, Angus & Robertson (Pymble, New South Wales, Australia), 1994.

Lizard on the Loose, illustrated by Virginia Barrett, Angus & Robertson (Pymble, New South Wales, Australia), 1994.

A Wetland Home, illustrated by John Hurford, Pye Anderson Ltd., (New Zealand), 1994.

(Compiler) Saddle up Again: More Australian Horse Tales, Angus & Robertson (Pymble, New South Wales, Australia), 1995.

Knock Knock! Who's There?, illustrated by Cathy Lane, Koala Book Company (Redfern, New South Wales, Australia), 1996.

Trapped!, illustrated by Trish Hill, Longman Australia (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1996, Sundance Publications (Littleton, MA), 1997.

Donald Bradman: Cricketing Hero (biography), Reed Library (Carlton, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

The $2 Scratchie, illustrated by Majory Gardner, Longman Australia (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

Simpson and Duffy (adapted from Not Only a Hero: An Illustrated Life of Simpson, the Man with the Donkey), illustrated by Ester Kasepuu, ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee (Aspley, Queensland, Australia), 2001.

The Unknown Australian Soldier, illustrated by Anne Langridge, ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee (Aspley, Queensland, Australia), 2001.

The Monster Hole, illustrated by Roland Harvey, Puffin (Camberwell, Victoria, Australia), 2003.

Catastrophe Cat, illustrations by Chantall Stewart, University of Western Australia Press (Crawley, Western Australia, Australia), 2004.

Ruff and Tumble, illustrated by Gus Gordon, Puffin (Camberwell, Victoria, Australia), 2004.

(With Vashti Farrer) Feathered Soldiers, ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee (Aspley, Queensland, Australia), 2005.

Author of television plays for children's programs Storytime, Tracey McBean, and Let's Join in, broadcast on Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1977–88. Contributor to anthologies, including Crutches Are Nothing, Greenhouse, 1982; Horse Australia, Dorr/McLeod Publishing, 1982; Funtastic Short Stories, Jacaranda Press, 1993; and Disaster and Survival, Rigby Heinemann (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1994; and to periodicals, including School, Orana, This Australia, and Lu Rees Archives. Editor, Riding Free (quarterly journal of Riding for the Disabled Association of Australia), 1979–91.

Adaptations

Several of Small's books have been adapted as audio-books.

Biographical and Critical Sources

BOOKS

Dunkle, Margaret, The Story Makers, Oxford University Press (Melborne, Victoria, Australia), 1987.

McVitty, Walter, Authors and Illustrators of Children's Books, Hodder & Stoughton, 1989.

PERIODICALS

Children's Bookwatch, June, 2005, review of Catastrophe Cat.

Magpies, May, 1992, review of Country Cousin, p. 27; May, 2002, review of Tracey McBean and the Stretching Machine, p. 29; May, 2005, Lucinda Dodds, review of Catastrophe Cat, p. 38.

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