Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Book of the week, Wombat Walkabout

da ninj gives this book her stamp of approval.

Wombat Walkabout, written by Carol Diggory Shields and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, is a sweet tale about six wolly wombats, Jen, Jack, Theodore, Pru, Clive and Lee, each with their own distinct fashion accessory, who go on a "walkabout" in the Australian outback. These round little creatures let their curiosity get to them as they stop to discover some interesting things found only in the Australia. Your child will learn what exactly a wattle tree, billabongs, gum nut and a kookaburra are. There is even a glossary that will help parents and children keep track of the new vocabulary.
This book will not only expand your child's vocabulary but it will help teach them about observation and subtraction. You will have to have a keen eye to find the dingo lurking on each page as he follows the wombats on their journey. You will see how one by one the wombats start disappearing, but fear not, this book has a happy ending. The illustrations are just so cheerful and the text is written in a rhyming fashion that if your child enjoys the sing song aspect of 5 Little Monkeys, I am sure you and your child will love Wombat Walkabout. A fun read aloud book for all!

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