Shy the Platypus

The National Library has re-published the Australian children’s classic, Shy the Platypus, by award-winning writer Leslie Rees, to delight a new generation of readers of all ages.

Written in 1944, it tells the story of Shy, from her early days growing up in the Australian bush to her later encounters – good and bad – with animals and humans.

It is illustrated with specially commissioned drawings and images from the National Library of Australia collection. 

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