The Wallaboo Stories is a collection of six stories: The Yellow
Echo, The Wallaboo Clock, The Wallaboo Treasure, The Wild Wallaboo,
The Blue Feather, and The Bumbleseed Tree. These "wallaboo
stories," as the author calls them, are about the world
as seen through the eyes of children - or at least as Barbara
Guidotti has seen the world through the eyes of her own children
and the many children she has known in her teaching career.
story tries to capture a special quality or qualities of the
child's world. In The Yellow Echo you will find an imaginary
friend, the Yellow Echo. The Wallaboo Clock reflects the unhurried
, mixed-up land of time in which children live. The Wallaboo
Treasure is a child's treasure hunt complete with maps and jewels
which children love. The Wild Wallaboo is about all of those
children (usually boys) who turn themselves into lions or other
fierce creatures and have trouble turning back into themselves.
The Blue Feather began on the themes of the tooth fairy , marbles
and rainbows and then took on a life of its own. Finally, The
Bumbleseed Tree was inspired by a child Barbara had in her classroom
whose parents were concerned about her rocking behavior in the
first several years of her life. This otherwise delightful,
bright little girl eventually shed this behavior and joined
the many other children who are constantly "on the go."
Wallaboo Stories is an especially good book for beginning and
It is an excellent choice for parents of young children as well
as school librarians looking for a new book for the early grades.
Wallaboo Land brings us six more adventures with the wallaboos.
in The Wallaboo Stories these "wallaboo" stories
are about the child's world as the author has seen it through
the eyes of her own three children as well as the many children
she has known in her teaching career.
"The Winking Wallaboo Frog" starts out about puddles
and winking. Then it just gets goofy, something children like
to be. "The Wallaboo Whistle" is about a wallaboo
who becomes lost. "The Whistling Wallaboo Monster"
is a mystery which is solved by understanding that things
aren't always as they seem. "The Humming Bubble"
was inspired by several children the author has known who
hummed while playing almost everything. "Bumblebug"
is about that bug (or other "wild" creature) that
some children want to keep but have to learn that they eventually
must let it go free or it will die. Finally, "The Stardust
Trail" is a mystical journey through make- believe lands.
first wallaboo book, Wallaboo Land is a very good book for
beginning readers and therefore an excellent choice for parents
of young children or school librarians looking for a new book
for the early grades.