Koalas Eat Gum Leaves

Written by Laura Bunting
Illustrated by Philip Bunting

For ages 4 to 6

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This book is best for:
  • animals - Australian
  • food / drink
  • ice-cream
  • koalas


Koalas eat gum leaves. They eat gum leaves every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They even have gum leaves on their birthdays. Most koalas don’t mind… except for one. He’s on the lookout for something a bit tastier. He spots an ice-cream stall, and after indulging in one too many ice-creams, he soon discovers that you can have too much of a good thing!

A humorous picture book can be used to teach various themes. Children will love learning more about koalas, and they are bound to remember what a koala’s diet consists of after finishing this book! This story can also be used within a food/drink theme, especially when teaching the difference between healthy and unhealthy food. While we all love eating ice-cream, we need to remember that it’s a ‘sometimes food’. If we have too much of it, we can feel sick, just like the koala in the story. The simple sequence of events and clear illustrations make this an excellent book to use when teaching children how to sequence events in a story.

For further speech and language targets in Koalas Eat Gum Leaves, see the list below.

Book Details

Story Plot: Character Flaw ; Repetitive Tale

  • animals - Australian animals
  • food / drink
  • ice-cream
  • koalas

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /g/ - gum leaves, gumdrop, good
  • /k/ - koala
  • /l/ - leaf, lunch, koala, all
  • /m/ - more, gum leaves, ice-cream
  • /v/ - leaves
  • /z/ - leaves
  • negatives (no, not, won't, couldn't, don't)
  • third person singular tense (e.g. he runs, he jumps, this koala eats ice-cream)
  • action verbs (eats, jumps, runs, dances, cartwheels)
  • labelling (koala, gum leaves, ice-cream, branch, snail, snake, binoculars, cake)
  • quantity (many)
  • sequencing
  • problem
  • moral
Book Info

Published by Scholastic Australia in 2017 (ISBN: 9781742991832)

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