Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Mem Fox - Awesome Australian Author

Mem Fox is an awesome children's book author who happens to live in Australia. Her well written books often feature Australian wild life -- the cute, cuddly variety. If you haven't read any of her books to your children, you must do so immediately! Some of her animal picture book titles include Koala Lou, Possum Magic and Hunwick's Egg.

Mem Fox's latest book released 10/1/08 is sure to become a classic as well. In Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Fox teamed up with beloved illustrator Helen Oxenbury to create a wonderful book celebrating babies of the world.

Just now I stopped by Seven Dogs and A Baby blog and read her latest entry, "I want to go to the zoo!" We visited our local zoo last week as we do every year in October. The air felt crisp and you could tell fall is here to stay, with highs only in the 50's. But we still had a good time and my daughter was able to see one of her favorite animals, the kangaroo. They weren't feeling particularly energetic at the time and looked as though they were napping (no hopping), but who could blame them given the chill in the air. Maybe some day we'll get to visit Australia and see the kangaroos in their actual habitat?

If we can't have the real thing, a stuffed one might do. Seven Dogs and A Baby is giving away a National Geographic Kid kangaroo. Contest ends 10/30/08.