Diary of a Baby Wombat

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Following her successful picture book, Diary of a Wombat, Jackie French’snew book features Mum Wombat’s baby. Baby writes a diary of her adventures each day of the week while Mum naps.

“Monday: Early morning: Slept. Slept. Late morning: Slept. Woke up. Bounced. Mum decided it was time to PLAY…”

Whatley’s gorgeous, funny pictures show a huggable baby wombat at play. Each day brings a bit more sleeping, eating, digging, scratching, and bouncing. When baby finds a toddler playmate, they head-butt a beach ball, squirt a garden hose, and dig holes together. Their new adventure is to dig a hole big enough for Mum and Baby.

Playful Early Learning

Before: Look at the picture on the cover. Talk about baby wombat’s playtime. Be sure to read the title page. How does a wombat look like a bear?

During: Read aloud slowly. Pause after each picture. Use an animated voice. Make your voice go louder/higher when the words are in capital letters

After: Find your favorite wombat kind of play. Revisit what Baby Wombat plays on each day of the week.Talk about what you do morning, afternoon, and night. Ask your child, “What do you think “big enough” means?

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