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Wombat Goes Walkabout :

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Six woolly wombats, walking one by one, / Passed a golden wattle blooming in the sun. / The last little wombat, whose name was Clive, / Stopped to smell the flowers... then there were FIVE." And so it goes as six wombats go walkabout in this Australian-themed rhyming counting book, finding their numbers thinned by a hungry dingo. Eventually the last two wombats realize what is going on, and manage to cleverly turn the tables on their canine adversary... The character of Wombat is nicely delineated, while the others are not so defined. But they don't really have to be. The only thing that's missing is the lyrics to Wombat's "digging song;" they could be interesting but are unfortunately never revealed. Wombat Goes Walkabout is the story of a wombat looking for his lost mother. After digging a deep burrow, young Wombat cannot find his mother and searches the Australian bush to find her.

This was a heart-warming read. This book follows a Wombat who is looking for his Mum. He comes across various other animals who tell Wombat what their special skills/characteristics are and who frown upon Wombats 'digging'. However, the end of the book is positive as Wombat realises that his skill is in fact really useful and just as important as everyone else as he saves the animals from the forest fire. This book is about a wombat who loses his mother and goes searching for her. He finds many other animals on his way and finds out about the differences between him and the other animals. They all think his skills of digging and thinking are 'boring' until a fire breaks out and he saves them all by digging a hole for them to hide in. He is then reunited with his mother. I think the book is good for teaching children about different animals, especially as they are animals typical of places like Australia. I also think it teaches children about how not to 'judge' the differences between one person to another. It's a very heart-warming book. The repetition also makes it easy and enjoyable to read. I think the moral of the story is not to under-estimate yourself just because you think your skills are ‘boring’ or not that useful. This is a great message to give to children who don’t feel as skilled as their peers – that your best is good enough and that all skills are useful whether are not they are the most socially desirable. I really enjoyed this book and thought it had potential to be used in lots of different ways in the classroom: Links with discovery of who you are, what are your strengths etc. and that everyone is different and unique - I think this is the overall message of the book; it is important to teach children to not judge others and to understand that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. This could be used in PSHE.

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