Little Koala Lost by Blaze Kwaymullina
Published by Scholastic Australia
Little Koala Lost, written by Blaze Kwaymullina, is the delightful, beautifully illustrated tale of a baby koala trying to find a home. The little lost koala asks a variety of bushland animals whether he can live with them. Each animal responds with a reason why the koala can’t stay, such as the wallabies who say ’Your feet are small…you can’t bound over hills.’ On the last page the sad baby koala happens upon a koala family group, who welcome him to their home.
One of the most appealing aspects of this book is that it doubles as a counting practice book, but the story is the main focus. The first page starts with ‘One little koala lost in the bush…’ and the number of animals increases on each page, ending at ten. The story also introduces children to a range of Australian fauna and, through the animals’ responses and the illustrations, presents simple facts about their activities and habitats.
A special mention to the illustrator, Jess Racklyeft, who created the stunning drawings in true bushland and outback colours. On opening the book, I was captivated by the flyleaf pages at the front and back, showing tiny pictures of all the animals in the book, with gum leaves scattered between.
I highly recommend this engaging, beautiful picture book mainly for ages 2-4, though my 6-year old enjoyed it too. Children will love following the little koala’s journey while counting animals and learning about Australian wildlife.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Blaze Kwaymullina
Illustrator: Jess Racklyeft
Title: Little Koala Lost
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: July 2016