In Room For More, two wombats, two wallabies, a koala, and a tiger snake humorously squeeze into one burrow--and reveal important truths about environmental disasters and the importance of welcoming those who are different from us.
When a fire sweeps through the Australian bush, two wombats, Dig and Scratch, are glad to have a cool, damp burrow to keep them safe. But Dig notices that other animals are not so lucky. When Dig invites a wallaby mother and her joey to shelter with them, Scratch grumbles. When Dig beckons to a koala, Scratch complains. And when Dig welcomes in a tiger snake, Scratch is fit to be tied--but Dig is sure
there's always room for more. And when the rains come to douse the fire and bring a new threat of flooding, a crowd of creatures may turn out to be just
what the wombats need.
Inspired by stories of animals sheltering in wombat burrows when her homeland of Australia experienced devastating fires, award-winning author Michelle
Kadarusman gets young readers up close and personal with Australian wildlife. Illustrator Maggie Zeng brings the creatures to life with a generous dose of personality as they squeeze together in the burrow and work together aboveground.
Extensive back matter includes information about wildfires, a glossary of animals, and age-appropriate context about environmental disasters and the work that is being done--including a renewal of Indigenous land practices--to prevent them.