A Feast For Wombat written by Sally Morgan & Illustrated by Tania Erzinger
Published by Scholastic Australia
When Wombat finally leaves his burrow, he encounters his friends, Goanna, Magpie and Dingo, having a great time. Wombat decides it’s because they are special, and he begins to compare himself to each of them.
He tries to run as fast as Goanna but fails. Wombat tells Goanna he is the best.
He tries to sing the morning song like Magpie, but fails. Wombat tells Magpie she is wonderful.
He tries to dance like Dingo, but fails. He tells Dingo he dances like the clouds.
Wombat starts back to his burrow in the doldrums, but his friends won’t have it. They tell him Wombat’s are strong, they dig fantastic tunnels and they are great swimmers. All the things the other animals are not.
Wombat realises, he really is special, in his own unique way.
His friends throw him a feast, to show him he is special. Their very special friend.
This is a lovely story, about recognising your differences and learning to accept your own strengths. Wombat can’t do all the other things his friends can, but instead of being jealous, he encourages them along the way. When his friends point how unique Wombat is and what a great friend he is, Wombat finally finds his place in the world.
This is a universal theme that all children and adults can take to heart. The beautiful illustrations of Wombat and his friends, make you fall in love with each and every one of the characters. I believe children aged 3-8 would enjoy this story. It would also make a great addition to any classroom, to help children explore issues of self-esteem and self-worth.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Sally Morgan
Illustrator: Tania Erzinger
Title: A Feast For Wombat
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: April 2014