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Wombat divine / written by Mem Fox ; illustrated by Kerry Argent.

By: Fox, Mem, 1946-.
Contributor(s): Argent, Kerry, 1960-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Norwood, S. Aust : Omnibus Books, 1995Description: [30] p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm. x 29 cm.ISBN: 1862911894 (hbk); 1862912831 (t.p. verso); 1862913021 (pbk); 9781742991221 (pbk.).Subject(s): Wombats -- Juvenile fiction | Premiers' Reading Challenge : P-2DDC classification: 823.3
Item type Current location Collection Call number Status Date due Barcode Item reserves
Junior Sydenham Library (DIY)
Picture Book F Available IA1662009
Junior Sydenham Library (DIY)
Picture Book F Available IA1661998
Junior Sydenham Library (DIY)
Picture Book F Available IA1661980
Junior Sunshine Library (DIY)
Picture Book F Issued 02/12/2019 I6405012
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For a long time Wombat wanted to take a part in the Nativity Play, but somehow it was very difficult.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Wombat tries out for the annual Nativity play and wins the role of Jesus. In a starred review of this playful story, PW said, "Its pleasures are infectious." Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. Pity the poor Wombat. He loves Christmas and carols and presents, but most of all, he loves the Nativity play. However, when he tries out for the play, there doesn't seem to be a part for him. He's too heavy to be the angel Gabriel, too short to be one of the three kings, too sleepy to be Joseph. It seems as if Wombat won't be treading the boards, until one of the animals comes up with the perfect part, Baby Jesus: "He even fell asleep, just as a real baby would." As usual, Fox spiffily combines a witty text with her wonderful art. Here the fun comes with seeing all sorts of Australian animals (emu, bilby, kangaroo) decked out in their Christmas-play garb. The crisp watercolors set against pure white backgrounds will delight story-hour audiences and lap sitters alike. --Ilene Cooper

Horn Book Review

Wombat tries out for every part in the Nativity play, but he is all wrong: too short, too sleepy, too clumsy, too nearsighted. His Australian animal friends then realize that his characteristics make him perfect to play the baby Jesus. The range of Wombat's emotions and the warm support of his friends are clearly conveyed in both the comfortingly repetitive text and the expressive faces in the art. From HORN BOOK 1996, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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