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.
Kristin L. Gray is the author of Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge (which Publishers Weekly called a “sensitive and uplifting coming-of-age journey”) and The Amelia Six. Kristin loves to read, walk her dogs, and eat cake for breakfast. Her fourth-grade self would never believe she has five children, two dogs, one fish, a bearded dragon, and a shy gecko. She lives in northwest Arkansas. To learn more about Kristin, or to send her a cake, visit her online at KristinLGray.com.
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