Feeling a little sleepy but ready to learn about some beautiful Australian animals?
One very tired Wombat by Renee Treml is a intricately illustrated counting book where one wombat just wants to sleep!
As the wombat tries to snuggle down he is disturbed by furtive frogmouths, playful penguins and bubbly budgerigahs until he sneezes – which you’ll have to read for yourself to find out what happens to all of his noisy guests!
Not only will your child be exposed to counting both forwards and backwards between one and ten but they will also learn a little bit about each cheeky animal throughout the story and then on the back page of the book.
Renee Treml is a very talented artist and each animal has been drawn with expert detail and care – so much so that your child will easily recognise these birds if they are seen in the wild.
SO what can you do at home?
- Learn more about these cheeky birds who you might hear in the morning if you live near nature reserves.
- Create your own counting book with ten of your own favourite animals from your country.
- Renee has used alliteration throughout the story. Explore the words she has used and then think of how you could describe some different Australian animals and birds.
- Visit Renee’s website and learn about how she creates her images. Perhaps you could try this with young children by scratching onto wet paint to create a picture using lines.
- Plot on a map where these animals live in Australia. Are any of them close to you? Are any of these animals endangered?
- Where do wombats live? Explore where wombats usually sleep so they can avoid noisy feathered friends!