Finding Home

by Sandra Markle and Alan Marks

A female koala and her joey survive a forest fire, but burned trees mean no food,... read more

A female koala and her joey survive a forest fire, but burned trees mean no food, so she sets off with her baby on her back in search of something to eat. The long journey brings her to a place of strange and sometimes fearful sights and sounds—a neighborhood of houses and people. Because koalas are rarely seen outside of the bush, the pair are a source of great fascination before they return to the forest once more. Sandra Markle weaves information about koalas into a narrative of quiet tension and occasional moments of high drama. Alan Marks’s illustrations amplify the story’s tone. An author’s note provides information on the koala named Cinders, whose story informed Markle’s narrative. Cinders traveled twelve miles to the edges of a suburb in search of food after her habitat was destroyed in a bushfire. (Ages 5–9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2009

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