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Possum Magic (Voyager Books) Paperback – September 15, 1991
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It was also used with ESL students in that school, and the quality of the story-telling, and the humour is such that those students never felt offended or that they were being given "baby books". It also helped introduce them to a little bit of Australian cultural icons (minties, lamingtons! )
In my own home it has been a firm favourite for some time and gets repeat requests for bedtime reading.
Is this book the Australian "Where The Wild Things Are"?
This book is a wonderful example of a child's wonder at new experiences. The characters go on a journey to discover the lessons of life. This story shows how you should always work on a problem until you find a suitable solution.
If you like fantasy genres and personification in your stories, you will enjoy this book. This is a cute well-written book. It has a hopeful ending to it and I really thought it had a flowing feel to it, going from one thing to another. To read this book, you have to have some sophistication and know what invisible and visible mean. Overall, this book was cute and enjoyable.
Possum Magic was first published in 1983 and is one of the many things good that comes from the Land Down Under! It would be difficult to find a more charming, educational and simply fun children's book being published.
Briefly stated, this is the story of Grandma Poss creating and making some bush magic or her granddaughter Hush. She enables Hush to become invisible which is an absolute blast for the young possum; sliding down the tails of kangaroos, staying safe from snakes...all kinds of kid possum stuff. Ah, but when the fun time is over and it is time to become visible again, it seems that Grandma Poss has completely forgotten how to reverser her bush magic! She reads and rereads her books to no avail before she finally remembers that "people food" has something to do with it.
And the journey begins....
In searching for the right kind of "people food," the young and elderly possum journey around Australia sampling bits of this and tasting bites of that. Vegemite sandwiches (A food paste made from yeast extract..used normally as a condiment), Pavlova (A meringue desert), Lamington (Sponge cake) and ANZAC Biscuits (A Sweet biscuit of rolled oats), are among the unique Australian foods the two partake of. There is a tremendous amount of information concerning Australia here and it most certainly will expose the child to some very interesting words and ideas.
Will Huss regain her visibility? And if she does...how long will it last?Read more ›
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Great kids book with some classic Australian food/places in it. My son (2 years old) loves it.Published 1 month ago by N. Carvalho
Cute story. Didn't overly impress my bookworm 5 year old. I was expecting something more magical after reading Mem Fox's "Reading Magic" book and learning that it was the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by mamamica
A brilliant Mem Fox book
All praise for this book
Its the childhood classic for every Australian, has been and will be for many generations to come
A fun, whimsical and clever book! My half Aussie half American kids love it!Published 9 months ago by freespirit88