Barbara Braxton barbara.288 at bigpond.com
Sun Dec 18 07:21:44 AEDT 2016

Wombat Divine

Mem Fox

Kerry Argent

Omnibus, 1996

pbk., 30pp



For as long as he could remember, Wombat wanted to be in the Nativity play
at Christmas.  Now, at last he was old enough and so he hurried off to the
auditions.  But getting a part was not easy.  He was too heavy to be the
Archangel Gabriel.  He was too big to be Mary and too short to be a king.
Perhaps he could be Joseph.  But that didn't work either and neither did
being the innkeeper or one of the shepherds.  Soon there were no parts left
and Wombat didn't have any of them.  Then, suddenly, Bilby has an idea...

Wombat Divine is one of Australia's most-loved Christmas stories written by
one of Australia's most-loved authors for little people.  Mem Fox's words
always have a magic about them and this story is no different.  As you read
it to yourself, you can hear yourself reading it aloud - the true indicator
of a master writer at work.  Superb illustrations by Kerry Argent capture
the action perfectly with just a touch of humour so that we can empathise
with Wombat but you just know something will work itself out.

This is such an iconic Australian story that every child should know it as
an integral part of their growing up. It was the first in the pile that I
sent to a family in Wales as part of a special Australian Christmas





Barbara Braxton

Teacher Librarian

M.Ed.(TL), M.App.Sci.(TL), M.I.S. (Children's Services) 

Dromkeen Librarian's Award 2003



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