I am having so enjoying Perfect Picture Book Friday lately!
I’ve read quite a few books I really love, and this one is no exception!
Get ready for some fun 😊
Title: Koala Is Not A Bear
Written By: Kristin L. Gray
Illustrated By: Rachel McAlister
Sterling Children’s Books, May 7, 2019, fiction
Suitable For Ages: 4-7
Themes/Topics: friendship, family, animals (koalas, marsupials)
Opening: “Koala had never been to camp before. She couldn’t wait to swim, toast marshmallows, and meet her cabinmates. But she’d never been away from her family, so she packed a few reminders of home…just in case.”
Brief Synopsis: When Koala arrives at camp, Grizzly tries to welcome her to the Bear Cabin, but know-it-all Kangaroo keeps insisting that despite sharp teeth and claws, warm fur, the ability to climb trees, etc. Koala is NOT a bear! Where does she belong?
Links To Resources: a short author’s note at the back gives a nugget of information about koala bears; Science Kids Fun Facts About Koalas; National Geographic Kids 10 Facts About Koalas; All About Koalas For Kids – Freeschool (video); Koala Themed Activities and Printables; koala cupcakes
Why I Like This Book: This is such a cute story! Even though Koala has never been to camp before, she sets off ready to join the fun. There’s a bit of disagreement about where she belongs when she gets there, though. Grizzly supports her staunchly. Kangaroon argues. And Duck goes in search of a counselor 😊 Eventually, poor Koala begins to wish she was back home with her family. She reaches for her family photo…and suddenly finds she has a lot in common with someone else and knows exactly where she belongs. The art is delightful and just right for the book. Sweetly told with plenty of humor, and a poignant moment when Koala longs for the people and place where she knows she fits, this is a story anyone who has ever felt out of place will relate to. A lovely book for any shelf!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
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