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Diary of a Wombat

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Not only that, she is endlessly greedy for carrots and even when given carrots, she still wants more.

She wrestles unknown creatures, runs her own digging business and –most difficult of all – trains her humans.This is surprisingly uncommon for picture books, in which we’re more likely to see ‘ posed for a photo‘ characters. Growing up on five acres in the country, I was used to deer coming by and asserting their rightful territory by eating our flowers, drinking our water, etc. Bruce Whatley doesn’t vary the top-bottom angle of the wombat, keeping to one-point perspective throughout, without making use of high/low angles.

They can choose whatever pet they like, andmust refer to the criteria sheet when completing their diary writing. If your class or school is having to close for a while, these materials provide a home dimension as well as a clear route map outlining what to teach online, and what to practise at home. This is one of my favourite picture books, ever since it first came out, and it's taken me seven years to finally get a copy - but the wait is worth it. Perfect book for young readers as they are introduced to basic sentences and new vocabulary while remaining in their comfort zone.She is the Australia Children's Laureate for 2014-2015 and is Senior Australian of the Year for 2015.

Today I stay in Australia, with the modern picture book classic Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Before you commence - ask the students to look at the pictures to see what Wombats like to do and what they like to eat.Rosie’s Walk has been heavily influential as a story in which the text says something completely different from the pictures. Unlike Peter Rabbit, she doesn’t realise the carrots in the garden have been planted there by someone and that she thieved them. In her capacity as Australian Children’s Laureate, ‘Share a Story’ will be the primary philosophy behind Jackie’s two-year term. We can extrapolate that things will continue as they did before, but this time the wombat’s life is even more convenient as she doesn’t even have to walk up the garden path to get fed.

A standout feature of the wombat is the distinctive round bottom, which may be why Bruce Whatley chose to depict the wombat from behind in a number of illustrations. So much of Diary of a Wombat rings true because of their stories - anyone who's had a "pet" wombat would no doubt agree (I'm sure the author has had one too at some stage). Here, in the words of one unusually articulate wombat, is the tongue-in-cheek account of a busy week; eating, sleeping, digging holes .Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained! Jackie French could have anthropomorphised the wombat and taken her off on an adventure to save the world, but this wombat is inspired by the wombats around French’s own house. In this mythic journey the wombat finds a new home, even closer to the humans than before, burrowed under the house. This book is marketed to 2 -4 year old children – I would recommend it to everyone – with or without children! Provides an example of diary writing for later use by the students in their individual writing task.

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