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Friday 14 September 2018

Review: The Gum Family Finds Home

Dynamic picture-book duo Tania McCartney and Christina Booth have joined forces once again to bring us a delightful, fun and informative story about home, family and Australia.

The Gum family is in search of a new home, something more stable than their flimsy old gum tree, which they share with buzzy bees and their dear friend Kooka.

After the caravan and combie are packed with gum-leaf sandwiches and eucalyptus juice, the family sets off around Australia to find a brand-new, rock-solid abode.

Told through a series of family snapshots and postcards, the story follows the family as it explores some of Australia's geological landmarks. From Uluru and Kings Canyon, to the Blue Mountains and the Twelve Apostles, the family considers the pros and cons of each location as a potential home.

Quirky, clever and oh-so cute, this story is a glorious celebration of Australia's vast and varied landscape, along with its stunning flora and fauna.

Tania's prose is rich with colour and life, capturing the beauty and diversity of our country, and she peppers it with fascinating facts and tidbits to satisfy hungry young minds. Christina complements this perfectly, with a striking balance between her adorable characters and exquisite detailed landscapes.

A section at the end of the story is devoted to more interesting facts about each geological landmark. But the endpapers would have to be my favourite part, with snapshots of each location and a list of dot points that read more like a real-estate agent's property blurb.

Once again, Tania and Christina have proven themselves true rock stars of the children's book world!

Title: The Gum Family Finds Home
Author: Tania McCartney
Illustrator: Christina Booth
Publisher: NLA Publishing, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 August 2018
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780642279255
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book