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Wednesday 28 October 2020

Review: Combat Wombat

Combat Wombat is a natural leader; heavy, tough, and born to command. He is a wildlife warrior of the bush.

His nose sniffs out danger from far away. His super-sensitive ears catch the crackle of gum leaves and bark on tall trees.

Fire is their fiercest enemy. He is responsible for the bush animals’ safety.

His bright orange helmet keeps him visible.

A coil of rope sits across his shoulder.

Orders come fast and furious. Each animal has a role to play in escaping from a bush fire. Echidnas, lizards, possums, kangaroos, cockatoos, bilbies, koalas and others, all run toward the billabong, the safe haven.

As the ground pounds beneath the countless feet, can Combat Wombat overcome the many obstacles that he finds in his way, for the fire is not the only threat. Can he trust Bingo Dingo and his offer of help? Will they all manage to reach safety under Combat Wombat’s leadership?

A fantastic, fully Australian tale about bushfires and the destruction they cause to wildlife and forests. But not only.

This delightful story gives children the opportunity to learn about which animals live in the bush, what they look like, how they communicate and look out for each other, especially when their lives are threatened.

Leadership skills, preparation for emergencies, working as a team and quick thinking are themes represented by the animals.

Strong vibrant illustrations in clear close up images, allow young readers to recognise each animal.

Title: Combat Wombat
Author: Gina Newton
Illustrator: Tiffanee Daley
Publisher: FORD ST, $16.95
Publication Date: 1 October 2020
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925804577
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book