A beautiful Australian take on a classic nursery rhyme
'Once I heard a little wombat stomp stomp stomp...'
Read along and act out the movements as baby Australian animals eat, play and settle down for nap time.
Inspired by Walter Crane's nursery rhyme "Once I Heard a Little Bird," Treml gives readers a lyrical tour of Australian wildlife, as an unseen narrator encounters a sugar glider, bilby, Tasmanian devil, and more. Delicately detailed black-and-white portraits of the animals highlight their gleaming eyes and coarse fur, and the repetition of the verse ("I called to little bilby,/ Won't you stop, stop, stop?'/ But on went little bilby/ with a hop, hop, hop") makes for playful yet soothing reading. Eventually the narrator is revealed to be a kangaroo, one that makes a fast friend with a wombat before book's end. Ages 3 5.