Out of the Pouch
Little Steps, 2022
32pp., pbk., RRP $A14.95
Poppy the baby joey is learning to be independent and so her mother often nudges her out of the pouch to explore. Poppy loves the freedom but one day she zigs and zags and zooms so much she gets lost. Using her smarts, she doesn’t panic but asks the other creatures for help. But Kookaburra. Koala and Echidna are too busy in their own little worlds to know where Poppy’s mother is. Until Cockatoo comes to the rescue…
This is an Australian twist on a familiar theme that would be the perfect introduction to talking to our youngest readers about what they should do should they get lost. An opportunity to teach them about who the safe strangers are, the importance of knowing their name, address and telephone number, and having the resilience to take a deep breath and think of the best strategy to use.
One for the preschooler’s library…