Wombat Stew is an Australian children’s classic book written by Marcia K Vaughan and Pamela Lofts. It’s a lively, upbeat book that features Australian animals in an Aussie bush setting. This is why I’ve chosen this book as recommended reading for young kids ages 2-5 years old as part of the Read Around the World Summer Reading Series hosted by the Multicultural Kid Blogs.
Wombat Stew is about a mischievous dingo who finds a wombat and decides to make wombat stew. He receives cooking suggestions from other Australian animals, such as a platypus, an emu, a blue tongue lizard, an echidna and a koala, who all try to outwit the dingo to save the poor wombat. The story line is filled with the sing-song rhythm of the dingo singing the ‘Wombat Stew’ song.
This is a beautiful book for young kids, aged 2-5 years old, because it is a quick and pleasant read. The repetition of the wombat stew song, especially if sung, will delight and entertain young ones (the notes to the song are on the back page of the book). It is also a great way to introduce little readers to Australian animals and the Australian bush setting. In the end, you might just have them singing:
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