It’s Koala’s first day at camp, and she thinks she’s found her place in the Bear Cabin—until know-it-all Kangaroo tells Koala that she is not a bear. Koala lists all the ways in which she resembles her new friend, Grizzly, but Kangaroo isn’t buying it. As Koala tries to find her place, alert readers will recognize clues about where Koala belongs.
Koala may look like a bear, but she’ll soon discover (as will you!) that she is, in fact, a marsupial (a.k.a. pouched mammal) as the note from the author explains more fully in the back. While the illustrations are truly adorable, and the book is informative (while still having a story) the very antagonistic and bullying tone of the kangaroo touting the fact that Koala is NOT a bear throughout the book seems slightly unneccessary, and a little off-putting.