WOMBAT WALKABOUT by Carol Diggory Shields and illustrated by Sophie Blackall

February 25, 2009 at 5:21 pm Leave a comment

wombatSix endearing wombats go for a daily walkabout, without noticing a hungry dingo following them. One by one they disappear, as they explore the beauty of the Australian bush; the sun, flowers, gum trees, scenery, birds. When the last two notice the quiet due to their missing mates, they set a trap and trick the dingo, freeing the others.  This rhyming wombat adventure will be appreciated by older children who can grasp a little wordplay and are curious about wildlife in Australia.  A few indigenous words are introduced, with the help of a short glossary.  The illustrations are soft and beautiful.  It isn’t text heavy, which provides the unusual rhymes and new words to create a story that is sure to delight readers.  Pair this with Jackie French’s, Diary of a Wombat and Caroline Arnold’s, A Wombat’s World for a storytime in the bush.

Picture Book, ages 6 and up

Recommended- Anne Beier (Hendrick Hudson Free Library)

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