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There was once a baby koala, so soft and round that all who saw her loved her. Her name was Koala Lou.

Koala Lou is the first born in a large family. She feels sad because her mother seems too busy to pay her any attention. Perhaps if she wins the tree-climbing at the Bush Olympics her mother might notice her again . . . Koala Lou starts her training right away!

An Australian classic by the author and illustrator of Hunwick's Egg.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    August 5, 1991

    Picture Puffin

    32 pages

    RRP $17.99

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Awards and Recognition

  • KOALA Children's Choice Awards
    Prize for Writing for Young Adults
  • KOALA Children's Choice Awards
    Picture Book

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Hunwick's Egg
A Giraffe in the Bath
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Two Little Monkeys
Hello Baby! Board Book
A Particular Cow
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
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