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Friday 25 October 2019

Review: Koala Lou

Koala Lou explores the themes of love, change, determination, disappointment and understanding.

As a baby, Koala Lou's  mother told her  many times a day, how much she loved her, saying 'Koala Lou, I Do love you!'

As her family grew larger, Koala Lou's Mum became very busy and no longer told her that she was loved.

Feeling sad, Koala Lou began to wonder how she could be noticed and get her Mum to say she loved her. Maybe if she won the Bush Olympics?

Koala Lou by Mem Fox and Pamela Lofts was first published in 1988. It is a warm story that touches the heart and the ending always make me cry, happy tears.

Koala Lou is the perfect story to share with children and parents to remind them that no matter how busy life gets, that there is a special bond of love that they share. It is a great book to help open discussions about a child's feelings regarding their place within a family.

Over the decades, Koala Lou has often been gifted to new big brothers and sisters, it has also made its way overseas, due the array of Australian animal characters pictured in Loft's illustrations.

The story of Koala Lou is currently featured in the Story Time: Australian Children's Literature Exhibition at the National Library of Australia in Canberra until 9 February 2020 and in Stephanie Owen Reeder's book that accompanies the exhibition, Story Time Stars.

Read 10 Reasons to Visit Story Time and take a peek at the opening night and the exhibition in this article Story Time: Australian Children's Literature Exhibition by KBR Founder, Tania McCartney.

Title: Koala Lou
Author: Mem Fox
Illustrator: Pamela Lofts
Publisher: Puffin Books, $14.99
Publication Date: 5 August 1991
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140540635
For ages: 3 – 8
Type: Picture Book