Written by Claire Saxby
Illustrated by Julie Vivas
This cute new read aloud follows the routine of a young male koala. Readers learn about how a mother separates from the older joey in preparation for a newcomer. He must find his own tree, as older males may have already claimed the one he wants. Territorial claims can turn violent. The young male must also find a place plentiful with the eucalyptus leaves he will be eating. Koalas are so secure in the trees that they can even sleep through storms, with fur that protects them from rain. When startled or frightened, they can move fast on their hind legs like kangaroos. Lyrical text enhances the reader’s love for the gentle animal.
Meticulous and striking illustrations show the reader where the koalas live.
Filled with important facts for young readers, this would be great for classrooms learning about Australia, marsupials, or unusual animals and environments. It would also be great for parents just wanting to share with their kids.
- Title: Koala
- Author: Claire Saxby
- Illustrator: Julie Vivas
- Published: Candlewick Press, September 5, 2017
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
- Grade Level: PreK to 3
- Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Nature
- ISBN: 978-0-7636-9481-4
- Extras: Endnotes, Index