Koala (Nature Storybooks)

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Claire Saxby (text),  Julie Vivas (illus.),  Koala (Nature Storybooks),  Walker Books Australia,  1 August 2017,  32pp.,  $24.99 (hbk),  ISBN: 9781925126396

Like the other excellent titles in Walker Books’ award-winning Nature Storybooks series, Koala features a winning combination of a compelling and lyrical narrative, accurate facts about an animal’s life history and attractive illustrations.

This story follows a baby koala who leaves his mother to venture out on his own, encountering a few challenges and dangers along the way before eventually establishing a territory of his own.

Multi-layered text suits a good range of ages, interests and reading abilities. The lyrical narrative makes a great read-aloud story, and the informational text is accurate and interesting.

The endearing watercolour illustrations are sure to melt the hearts of young animal lovers.

Back matter includes a succinct overview of the koala’s basic biology and an index.

Reviewed by Julie Murphy

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