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Ruthie, dad Tom and mum Kate, along with
Ruthie’s younger siblings, Liam and Bel, and their pet wombat Womble are en
route to her cousins’ farm to spend a lovely holiday in the countryside. Up
ahead they see a sad sight: a wombat has been run over by a speeding truck.
Ruthie’s parents stop to check the animal and discover it has a tiny baby in
its pouch. The baby is still alive. Luckily, the Jirringbah Wildlife Shelter is
on the same route and soon they get the baby, called a pinky, to Jo Matthews
who shows the kids how to take care of the pinky. While they are there, the
kids learn a lot about Australia’s wildlife and some of the skin diseases that
can affect these animals; one is a horrible disease called mange! Ruthie
doesn’t want to admit that soon Womble will be old enough to be released into
the wild – imagine if he gets a nasty, itchy skin condition from the mange.
Once they get to their cousins, the kids find out more about wombats and mange
because there is a wombat on the farm that looks as if it has a bad case of
mange. Medication can cure the condition, but it’s catching the animal and
applying the medication regularly that’s the problem. Wombats are also pretty
quick when it comes to getting away! With the help of some wildlife experts and
her Uncle Dave, they devise a clever way of getting the medication onto the
skin of the elusive wombat. Will the medicine cure this sick wombat? Will
Ruthie be able to release Womble back into the wild?
Saving Wombats by Emma Homes is the
second book in Ruthie’s Wildlife series. Ruthie is a great role model for kids
since she is a Zoo Youth Ambassador. With wild animal habitats declining
worldwide because of human encroachment, it’s important for today’s kids to
learn about animals, and to care for them and respect their rights. This is a
charming tale that will appeal to its target audience. Author Emma Homes turns
Ruthie’s family trip into quite an adventure – wombats may look cute and
cuddly, but don’t get on the wrong side of them or try to invade their burrows!
There is a wonderful warm atmosphere between the characters of Ruthie’s family
and the people they meet. Ruthie and her siblings are real and believable and
any parent would be proud of them. In this simple tale an amazing adventure
unfolds, with the kids committed to helping animals. The author cleverly feeds
necessary information into the story so that by the end of the book young
readers will have learned an amazing number of facts about wombats. I really
loved reading this!
Age Level:8 - 11| Grade
Level:3 - 6 Juvenile Fiction/Wildlife Five Stars