One day Wombat woke up and thought, “I think I’ll dig a hole today.” Wombat loved digging holes. So off he went and dug a deep, deep hole. He crawled inside and sat there in the cool and the dark and began to think, because Wombat loved thinking too. He thought to himself , ” Why is the sky blue? Why am I a wombat and not a kangaroo ?
And this is how the unique story of a burrowing plant-eating Australian marsupial, which resembles a small bear with short legs starts.
It’s one of our favorite as it conveyed a special message and gave us a glimpse of Australian animals through beautiful verbs accompanied by pencil sketches.
This is a brilliant book for 5 to 7 years old kids, who are exploring verbs and learning about new animals.
A Special Message:
This story of Wombat conveys a message, that everybody in this world is unique in their own way and have special skills. When all the other animals in this story show off their skills and do not appreciate wombat’s talent, it’s wombat who tries to save everyone from danger engulfing the forest.
Do you want to meet Australian Animals?
Author of this book Michael Morpurgo takes us for a ride to the “Australian Outback”, where Wombat has lost his mother and while looking for her in bushes he wanders and meets with all different kind of creatures: Kookaburra,Wallaby, Possum, Emu, Boy, and Koala.
Explore verbs for Animal sounds and Movements:
The best part of this book is that, the Author has chosen variety of verbs to describe “animal movements” like: cackling kookaburra, hopping wallabies, swinging possums, hunting boys, scampering emus, and dozing koalas.
Also if you get a chance to read this book you will find that instead of using “Said” every time he has used verbs like cackled, laughed, snapped, called and asked.
This book is not only a treasure for verbs but it also introduces kids with animal habitats and their special skills and features.
Illustrator Christian Birmingham has beautifully described this story through his pencil sketches and red-gold pastel paintings.
Extended Activities for 6-7 years old :
While looking for activities related to this book I got a valuable information which we can do with our kids at school and at home. You can click here to know more.
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