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Koala Lou

"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.

Koala Lou is a classic. Share your memories below.

More? Koala Lou features on our list of the best Olympic Books. See the others that made the list here.


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"There was once a baby koala, so soft and round that all who saw her loved her. Her name was Koala Lou."

Koala Lou is the first born in a large family. She feels sad because her mother seems too busy to pay her any attention. Perhaps if she wins the tree-climbing at the Bush Olympics her mother might notice her again . . . Koala Lou starts her training right away!

An Australian classic by the author and illustrator of Hunwick's Egg.

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Koala Lou 2012-08-27 00:25:06 Nabbu
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Reviewed by Nabbu    August 27, 2012


A highly recommended read to all young possums. This is surely one that will give them the reassurance of a parents love, irrespective of circumstances, parents are one you do not need to impress, they will be there for you and love you for who you are. :) Mem Fox at her best. :)

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