Possum Magic

possum_magicby Mem Fox, illustrated by Julie Vivas. Gulliver Books (1983).

Summary: Grandma Poss uses her best magic to make Hush invisible. At first, it’s fun because Hush can slide down kangaroos and be safe from snakes! But when Hush longs to be able to see herself again, the two possums must make their way across Australia to find the magic food that will make Hush visible once more.

Uses: A great book to use for younger children who want to learn more about Australia. The “glossary of australian terms” in the back of the book includes a definition for each food that Hush eats (Anzac biscuits, mornay, minties, Vegemite, pavlova and lamington).

Awards:  NSW Premier’s Award-winner and Winner of the 1986 IBBY Diploma for Illustration. New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards for Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature (1984), Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards Nominee for Picture Book of the Year – Highly Commended (1984), Canberra’s Own Outstanding List (COOL) Awards for Section 1 Picture Storybooks (1994). Also has sold over 4 million copies.

Borrowed from the Knoxville Public Library.

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