Koala Lou

by Mem Fox

Hardcover, 1989



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Clarion Books (1989), Edition: First, 32 pages


A young koala, longing to hear her mother speak lovingly to her as she did before other children came along, plans to win her distracted parent's attention.

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LibraryThing member dchaves
Beautiful pictures and wonderful story. My library does not have a copy to read to the kids. I really like the issues, sibling rivalry and self-confidence.
LibraryThing member mdkladke
This book reminds me a lot of myself. I always wanted attention when I was younger and never felt like I got it. Koala feels the same because she thinks her mother doesn't pay her any attention because of her younger sibling. Koala decides to enter the Olympics but doesn't win and her mother is
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right there waiting on her when she gets home. Mothers always know when their children are feeling left out or alone, as did Koala's mother.
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LibraryThing member mercedesromero
This book is easy to read and enjoyable for children of all ages.
LibraryThing member cdswindle
Koala Lou is a child Koala who is looking for some attention from his mother who also has younger Koala's. Koala Lou just wants his mother to be proud of him. He decides to enter a race and trains very hard, he just wants his mother to be proud of him.
LibraryThing member alprince
This is a book about a little koala named Koala Lou. Her mom loved her dearly and before the other koalas came along, Koala Lou received all the attention. Now that she has brothers and sisters, Koala Lou is finding it hard that she doesn't receive as much attention. So Koala Lou plans to win the
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attention by competing in the Bush Olympics. She trained for it and prepared herself to win. When she lost she became very upset and cried. When she went home that night her mom was sitting in the gum tree waiting for her and Koala Lou got the attention that she wanted. This is a good book for children in first or second grade. I might would read this book when children get new siblings or they feel like they do not get enough attention.
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LibraryThing member mmburks
This is a book about a koala bear who's mother use to tell her she loved her all the time. Then she got to busy to tell her so much and the koala got sad. She desperately tried to impress her mother by winning the Olympics but she came in second place. Her mother loved her anyways.
LibraryThing member cemccamy
This is a story about Koala Lou, a young koala who is used to getting all of the attention from her mother. When her siblings are born, she no longer gets as much attention. She decides to compete in the Olympics so that her mother will once again give her all the attention, but does not win. She
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is very upset and cries, but when she returns home, her mother is there waiting for her.
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LibraryThing member rachel3212
Koala Lou wants her mom to tell her she loves her like she did before she had brothers and sisters. She tries to get her moms attention by entering the olympics. Teaches children that even though their mom might not tell them they love them a lot, that doesn't mean that they don't love them.
LibraryThing member cakebaker
Little Koala Lou loves to hear her mother tell her she loves her. However, Koala Lou gets many new brothers and sisters, leaving her mother little time for her. She decides to compete in the Bush Olympics to win her mother's love back.
LibraryThing member medebrielle
Koala Lou is a book about a very soft, sweet Koala bear named Koala Lou. She was very loved by everyone, especially her mother. As Koala Lou grew up, Koala Lou’s mother had more children and Koala Lou was no longer the only Koala in her mother’s life. She began to get depressed because her
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mother no longer gave all her attention to Koala Lou. So one night, Koala Lou decides to join the Olympics in hopes that she would win and get attention from her mother. On the day of the tree climbing Olympics, Koala Lou was confident because her mom was in the audience. Then, when another Koala broke the record, she began to get nervous. She tried her hardest, but did not win. Koala Lou was devastated, but her mother was very proud and told Koala Lou that she loved her, and Koala Lou was happy again.
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LibraryThing member kkcrossley
Koala Lou was the apple of her mother's eye until she got busy with all the younger siblings and was too busy to tell Koala Lou how much she was loved. Koala Lou came up with a plan to gain her mother's love and attention. Things don't go as planned but Koala Lou finds out she is loved
LibraryThing member conuly
Overly sappy and sweet... and why did it take the koala doing a whole big THING to make her mom say she loved her?
LibraryThing member jamie_lanell
Koala Lou wants her mom to tell her she loves her like she did before she had brothers and sisters. She tries to get her moms attention by entering the olympics. Teaches children that even though their mom might not tell them they love them a lot, that doesn't mean that they don't love them.
LibraryThing member Khp24
Koala Lou is upset and sad because her mother would always tell her how much she loved her adn showed her affection, unitl her siblings came along. The only way she can get her moms attention is to enter the olympics. Her mother tells her how much she loves and cares for her after the olympics even
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though she loved her anyawys!
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LibraryThing member TonieleHazel
Koala Lou is about a Koala Bear whos mother always tells her she loves her. Time goes by and Koala Lou gets many brothers and sister and mother doesn't tell Koala Lou she loves her as often any more. This makes Lou sad so she tries to win her mother's attention. She never won, but her mother did
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tell her in the end that she loved her, always had, always would.
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LibraryThing member tas026
This is a story about Koala Lou, a young koala who is used to getting all of the attention from her mother. When her siblings are born, she no longer gets as much attention.
LibraryThing member mrnielsen
Great for comeback lines, also used it to show a good (decent) ending
LibraryThing member justineaylward
Again, the art is amazing. I love this book. It is good reminder that children don't always just know that we love them for who they are. Good reminder for being a teacher that our students' images of self worth often lies in our hands so it is important to chose our words wisely, lovingly and
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LibraryThing member menichol
I really enjoyed this book. After reading about it in Mem Fox's "Reading Magic" I decided that I needed to read it for myself. As a reader, my impression of the book is magical. Fox somehow manages to pack lots of action in such a short amount of space! The illustrations were fun as well, adding
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more spunk to the story. The page with all the animals that loved Koala Lou was one of my favorites. The illustrator made all the animals look menacing, but not terrifying. The drawing of the emu really gives the reader the idea that this emu doesn't tend to like other animals.

As a teacher, this book would go well teaching the concept of losing to children. Koala Lou loses the race, and is upset by it, but she discovers in the end that her mother still loves her. The issue of sibling rivalry is something that is felt intensely by children of all ages. Mem Fox does a great job of writing about an important emotion for many young children while enchanting them with her storytelling.

The book also has fantastic illustrations that kept me captivated and would hopefully do the same for children, however I would read this only to students in second grade or lower, unless there was a specific reason (studying Australia for example).
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LibraryThing member ajfurman
I did not enjoy this because I found it to lack illustrations to match the feel of the text. There would be parts of the book that would read, "At last, the day of the Bush Olympics arrived." and the illustration was a bunch of animals in hats. The animals were drawn to look very realistic, so it
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is hard to read emotion on their faces and the hats just don't seem to make sense because of how realistic the animals look. The plot was fairly basic and not too original. I am sure I have read another book that has ended with the message, "At least you gave it your best shot, I love you unconditionally and always." But beyond that, I just found the book to be somewhat creepy with how the illustrations looked. Specifically, there was an Emu's face that almost seemed menacing to me when the book was describing the Emu as showing love.
The big idea of this book was about how growing up, you should always remember that your parents love you always even if they don't say it multiple times every day. Also, your parents will be there at the "Bush Olympics" or wherever you "compete" to cheer you on and tell you they love you. This book displays a support system for Koala Lou.
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LibraryThing member szanes
A tender story of a koala needing reassurance of her mother's love and working hard to try and earn it. Good plot and bittersweet ending.
LibraryThing member MelAKnee
A heartwarming story of the oldest child who misses her mothers attention. Koala Lou knows her mother loves her, but since the birth of her siblings, she misses hearing her mother telling her. Koala Lou enters the Bush Olympics in an attempt to win so her mother will be proud of her.
LibraryThing member Sarahg3
I think this book is wonderful. I love how cute the pictures are and how sweet the story is. I think a lot of children can relate to having siblings and feeling left out. But, this story teaches them that their family still loves them even when someone else is added in, and they love them no matter
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LibraryThing member LDobson
This is a heart-warming tale about Koala Lou and her desire to hear her mother say "Koala Lou, I love you." Now that she isn't the only child, she doesn't get to hear it as often. She sets out to make her mother proud of her to invoke those special words by joining a sport competition. This book is
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appropriate for grades 1-3.
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LibraryThing member JillSmith23
This is a good picture book that is appropriate for the early childhood level. The theme is about expressing one's feelings is okay. Kids will love this book because it is relatable.




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9.35 x 0.36 inches


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