"Koala Lou, I do love you!"
A classic picture book from much loved Australian children's author Mem Fox and talented illustrator, the late Pamela Lofts.
Koala Lou is a sweet story about how coming second is more than ok.
Koala Lou is used to much attention and frequent "I love you"s from her adoring mother. As more little koalas come along Koala Lou feels a little bereft and decides to recapture her mother's attention by entering the Bush Olympics.
Despite her best efforts and plenty of training Koala Lou is unable to beat the gum-tree-climbing champion - Koala Klaws. In a heart warming moment mother and daughter re kindle their relationship in the tender final scene.
The narrative - soft, clever and considered - is admirably matched by Pamela Loft's charming illustrations. The first Bush Olympic scene conveys a vibrant, energetic gathering full of characters. It is one of our favourites.
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More? Koala Lou features on our list of the best Olympic Books. See the others that made the list here.