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By Mem Fox
Illustrated by Pamela Lofts
Directed by Zenaida Smith
Adapted by Gillian Jorgensen
Starring Jordi Montes
The years passed and other koalas were born—brothers and sisters for Koala Lou. Soon her mother was so busy she didn’t have time to tell Koala Lou that she loved her. Although of course she did.”
Koala Lou loves being an older sibling, but misses having her mother all to herself. She decides to sign-up for the gum tree climbing event in the Bush Olympics. She knows she’ll win! And her mother will notice her! Join Koala Lou as she trains for the grueling competition. Will she be strong enough? Will she be fast enough? Koala Klaws looks tough to beat and the gum tree is so tall: What will it take to climb to the top of the tree faster than all the other competitors? And what will her mother think? This resilient koala is about to learn that parents value more than winning.
Why we chose this story: The feeling of being unnoticed and unappreciated is a common one within every family. Through the story of Koala Lou, children and adults can explore together how to be flexible in plans and manage the big, big feeling of disappointment.
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Koala Lou by Mem Fox, copyright © 1988 by Mem Fox. All rights reserved. Illustrations ©by Pamela Lofts, 1988. Used by permission of the Estate of Pamela Lofts and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. All rights reserved.
In this beautifully illustrated and fun-filled picture book, a young koala competes for her mother's heart when a new sibling is on the way--only to discover that families come in all shapes and sizes, and that there is no second place when it comes to love.