Wombat and the Family Tree

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Pub Date 26 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 01 May 2024

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Spark curiosity in children about family history, genealogy, and their place within that legacy as Wombat's family tree project grows into an exploration of his relatives' wisdom as well as what talent he can add to his community.

Wombat's family tree assignment turns sour when he realizes that every ancestor has a special something they are good at--everyone except him. He tries all the talents he's learned about from his family members, from music to carving to cooking, but nothing fits. Then, with a nudge to try again, the family tree branches out to grow into Wombat's very own something.

Wombat and the Family Tree by Marietta Apollonio is for children aged 4 to 8 and features

  • a heartfelt and fun exploration of what a family tree is while finding a sense of self within your heritage,
  • a sweet and energetic main character who wants to do his best,
  • a supportive family who encourages Wombat to keep trying despite disappointment,
  • whimsical and nostalgic illustrations that enrich the story with delightful details,
  • a note from the author about her own adventures in genealogy, and
  • a blank family tree for children to fill in that allows room for a variety of family structures and caregiving situations.

Join Wombat for an adventure in self-discovery as he answers these questions: Where do I come from? What can I learn from people who have come before me? What are my special skills that I can contribute to my family and community?

Spark curiosity in children about family history, genealogy, and their place within that legacy as Wombat's family tree project grows into an exploration of his relatives' wisdom as well as what...

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I loved this book! The illustrations are vibrant and lovely. I liked seeing Wombat learn about his family and struggle to find his "something".
I really liked that there is a family tree too fill in, in the back and another project too.

A really lovely book, that we can't wait to share with everyone.

Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC.

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A cute book about Wombat, who must create a family tree for school. He is trying to figure out too what he contributes to his community. I liked that this had a spot for the reader’s family tree at the end!

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This book is adorable. I first drawn to this book because of my love for wombats. They are the cutest animals and fun fact their poop comes out in the shape of cubes. Anyways, this book was a fun way to introduce my son to genealogy. He really wants to make his own family tree now. Everyone has something special about them and this book will help show young kids that!

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Love it! This is a more modern and healthy take on what it means to be a family and who to add on a family tree. This is a book I could see being healing for people who felt like traditional family trees with only relatives through blood and marriage were insufficient. A must add, with very cute illustrations.

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I thought this was fantastic! This book is about family supporting and learning about family as well as about Wombat finding his "something." The illustrations were great, and I loved the information in the beginning as well as the activities listed in the back. I think this book will be a great one for kids who are trying new things and finding their talents and passions.

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I loved this book, I read it to my niece and though she is too young to fully understand it, I will keep reading it to her. It teaches kids that they shouldn’t give up on finding out who they are, and trying new things. That when the time comes it will present itself! ❤️

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This book is a great read for elementary school children to teach perserverance. Everyone has something special about them and it takes wombat a little longer to discover what makes him special. Great read with an option to make a family tree in the back of the book.

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