Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Book Review: Possum Magic by Mem Fox

By: Mem Fox
Illustrated by: Julie Vivas
Published by: Sandpiper / Scholastic 
Released on (originally): 9/15/91, reviewed edition is the 30th Anniversary Edition
Source: gifted
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Grandma Poss uses her best bush magic to make Hush invisible. 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. “Another treat from Mem Fox that is sure to be treasured. The whimsical illustrations are a wonderful complement.”--Children’s Book Review Service

I love reading books from other countries, and this is one that's quickly become a huge hit in our house, thank you to a friend of mine from Australia. Sadly I hadn't even heard of this book until I received, but now that it's become part of our collection of picture books, it's one that's been read more than a few times.

Possum Magic follows the story of two possums, Grandma Poss and Hush, whom live in the Australian Bush. Prior to the start of the story Grandma Poss made Hush invisible to protect her from harm. Seeing as they live in the Bush, there are a lot of predators around them. As Hush begins to become curious about what she looks like, Grandma Poss can't find the recipe to turn her back, thus begins the journey of Grandma Poss and Hush traveling around Australia to find the perfect ingredients they need in order for Hush to be visible again. 

Not only is this story cute, the illustrations are amazing! I love the water colors and being able to share with my children, artwork of various animals native to Australia. I have to point out what a great job the illustrator, Julie Vivas did in showing Hush as invisible. My kids loved watching her become visible again. Possum Magic is a story we've really enjoyed reading. I don't know if there's much of a difference between the original story and the 30th Anniversary one I was given or not, but either way this is one story I wish I had discovered long ago. 
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