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Oct 10 2018

The wallaby in the garden by Ganga Powell

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Little Steps, 2018. ISBN 9781925545722
(Age: 4-7) "A wallaby and her joey are causing chaos in the garden! A big family of cousins, aunts, uncles, parents and grandparents must find a way to keep her out before she causes too much damage. But in the end, do they really want her to go?" (Publisher)
This is an interesting picture book with an Australian focus. It would make a great gift for someone overseas. Children will be engaged with the rhyming text scattered throughout the book.
The wallaby was loved by all until she started eating all of the plants in the gardens. With heavy hearts the children design signs "Wallabies not wanted". They are filled with mixed emotions. They love the fact they have a wallaby living in their garden, but they can also see the destruction it is causing.
I think the book has an interesting link to sustainability where people need to learn how to coexist with nature when humans are constantly encroaching on the native habitat of creatures.
This book would be suitable for children aged 4 and up.
Kathryn Schumacher

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