Perfect Picture Book Friday -Koala Is Not A Bear

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


text copyright Kristin L. Gray 2019, illustration copyright Rachel McAlister 2019


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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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂

19 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday -Koala Is Not A Bear

  1. Wendy says:

    I will have to read this book. I never felt like I fit in at camp when I was younger and maybe Koala can solve my angst after all these years!!

  2. Genevieve Petrillo says:

    I admire how Koala embraces this new experience. Painters are coming to my house today, and I am NOT planning to embrace this at all. I am planning to hide the whole time they’re working. #seeyalater

    Love and licks,

  3. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    I love how funny and helpful this is for little zoologists (and those who will never be zoologists). Koala needs to get this straightened out once and for all! It does, indeed, look perfect. Going to find a copy straight away! Thanks, Susanna!

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