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Possum Magic

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  6,692 Ratings  ·  232 Reviews
Ages 4-8 -
PreSchool-Grade 2. Grandma Poss uses bush magic to make Hush invisible, but when Hush wants to see herself again, Grandma can't remember which particular Australian food is needed to reverse the spell. Traveling around the continent in search of an antidote, Grandma and Hush sample Anzac biscuits, mornay, vegemite, and pavlova until the right delicacy is found.
Published (first published 1983)
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Kathryn
Feb 20, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sparkling story steeped in Australian "magic" about Grandma Poss and little Hush, two possums from the country. Grandma works her magic so Hush is invisible, which allows the little possum to do lots of fun things (like slide down kangaroos' backs) and also stay hidden from snakes (which is why Grandma worked the magic in the first place!) But one day, Hush decides she wants to be visible. Turns out, human food is the only way to make it happen and, in true Australian style, it isn't until Hus ...more
notgettingenough
Oct 01, 2009 notgettingenough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I heard Mem being interviewed on TV a while ago. She said that if you didn't have time as parents to read several books a day to your children (meaning picture books, as you might imagine) you should have had gold fish instead.

I anxiously rang my mother the next day. 'Did you read to us when we were that little?' - too little to remember? She reacted a bit like she'd been asked if she abused us. 'Of course we read to you when you were little', sounding a bit shocked that I'd even wondered.

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midnightfaerie
Sep 05, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Another book we had to read for school and another weird one. It was included with our history lessons and we had to read it to coincide with Australia. A lot of new words included with foreign animals, that make it difficult to learn because there's nothing telling us what the animal is, even though there are pictures. So for example, you have a page with lots of animals and words that talk about wombats, kookaburras, dingoes, emus, and bush magic. To a 5 yr old with no knowledge of these anima ...more
Joanna Marple
Oct 22, 2011 Joanna Marple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our two possum protagonists have the endearing names of Hush and Grandma Poss. Now Grandma Poss is a whizz at bush magic and and devises a pièce de résistance, a magic that makes Hush invisible. Unseen, Hush gets into all sorts of fun and loves all that invisibility offers, like safety from snakes and sliding down kangaroo backs!

One day Hush decides she wants to be able to see herself again and asks Grandma to reverse the magic, but despite looking through all her magic books, Grandma Poss is st
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I love reading books from other countries, and this is one that's quickly become a huge hit in our house, thank you to a friend of mine from Australia. Sadly I hadn't even heard of this book until I received, but now that it's become part of our collection of picture books, it's one that's been read more than a few times.

Possum Magic follows the story of two possums, Grandma Poss and Hush, whom live in the Australian Bush. Prior to the start of the story Grandma Poss made Hush invisible to prote
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Nicki Stanton
Yes I know I gave this book three stars, because of memories I've had. This book is surely apart of your grade 1 & 2 lives. The stories you'd recommend the teacher to get from the library merely because you remember reading it last year with your teacher.

I loved this book a long time ago, and the teacher used to read with such funny expressions. It's this author, that you'd sit with your best buds and have a giggle about. These stories are the ones that make little kids smile all over the g
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Megan
This book was absolutely precious. The story of little possums, crossing the vast wilderness of Australia trying to find a magic bush that will no longer make their friend invisible anymore is wonderful. It not only teaches children the power of working together, but it sparks the questions of what type of animal is living in Australia. This is a great conversation piece for children talking about the laws of physics and whether or not people can actually turn invisible as well as a biological d ...more
Alana
Oct 19, 2015 Alana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic Aussie story for all ages.

If you come here, make sure to grab a copy - it makes for a great souvenir!
Lisa Vegan
Mar 03, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
There’s a cute pictorial map at the end showing the journey through (including regional foods eaten) and places in Australia. As always, I love maps in books. This is a sweet story of a possum, made magically invisible for safety reasons by her grandma, who decides she wants to be visible. How this feat is achieved is great fun. Even so, the story didn’t really wow me, but the illustrations are very fine. In addition to the fun map, there’s a glossary of Australian terms in the back of the book, ...more
Jason Brinley
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Meghan Klyczek
For this particular book, I wasn't very intrigued. "Possum Magic" was not as exciting as I thought it was going to be and I thought that the story line was just kind of "eh." In this story, Grandma Poss and Hush makes Hush invisible. One day though, Hush wants to become visible again to know what she looks like. As Grandma Poss goes to look in her magic books, she can't find any magic to make Hush visible again. They determined that HUMAN food was the necessary magic. They travel all around Aust ...more
Derek
Mar 06, 2014 Derek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Summary: "Grandma Poss uses her best bush magic to make Hush invisible. But when Hush longs to be able to see herself again, the two possums must make their way across Australia to find the magic food that will make Hush visible once more. “Another treat from Mem Fox that is sure to be treasured. The whimsical illustrations are a wonderful complement.”--Children’s Book Review Service

From CIP page: When Grandma Poss's magic turns Hush invisible, the two possums make a culinary tour of Australia t
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Fromwordstoworlds
May 02, 2016 Fromwordstoworlds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot is not very complicated, it is about two possums, little Hush and her Grandma Poss. Grandma can do magic so she made Hush invisible to protect her. First, the little possum really enjoys it then she realizes she cannot be part of her community unless she is visible. The two begin a journey around Australia to find the people food that will make Hush visible again. The illustrations are really good; we can actually see how Hush is getting her visibility gradually after eating Australian ...more
Paige Smith
This book gives a glimpse of different cultures to children. It is a fun book that encourages them to follow the story of a possum as he travels from place to place, discovering the magic in each.
Loraine
Jun 01, 2013 Loraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
To keep Hush safe from snakes, Grandma Poss uses her bush magic to make Hush invisible. This book is a great introduction for children to some of the variety of aspects of Australia.
Kristine Hansen
Apr 12, 2015 Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book needs to be read with a selection of Australian snacks including the vegemite. Seriously. What a fun story. I love the magic of Grandma Poss. What a neat book!
Morgan Flaherty
Possum Magic, by Mem Fox, is a story about a little possum named Hush who has been made invisible by her grandmother to keep her safe from predators. One day Hush decides she wants to know what she looks like and asks the grandmother to make her visible again. Hush must eat certain foods to become visible, so she travels with her grandmother around Australia eating human foods in attempt to break the spell. This book is beautifully illustrated, by Julie Vivas. It is vibrant and colorful. This bo ...more
Kathryn Watt
Mar 04, 2016 Kathryn Watt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For some reason I was always put off by this book because I have disliked some of Mem Fox's other books. But how silly I was! This book is a gem. It contains adventure, whimsy, imagination. An added bonus is that its educational in a covert way because the narrative includes Australia's capital cities and their landmarks. Briskly paced for younger readers too. Oh and the illustrations! Wow. I cant decide whether I love this book for the story or for the illustrations. I suspect it is the perfect ...more
Lydia
Sep 15, 2016 Lydia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story of two possums (or should that be opossums?) who meddle in magic, than have to tour Australian cuisine to undo the spell.

Feels more like the author wanted to have an excuse to put all of the weird Australian food into one picture book than that she really had a story. For non-Australian audiences, kinda goes over their heads as we don't know what any of this stuff is or tastes like. If using in a class, having some of the food for readers to try would be neat.

Content notes: No issues

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Christine Watson
Nov 30, 2014 Christine Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: slib-520
International Book:
This is a charming story of a little possum named Hush that has been made invisible by Grandma Poss for safety reasons. One day, Hush decides she wants to be visible again. Hush and Grandma Poss take off across Australia to find the cure. Themes in this book include identity and self-worth and Australian geography, animals and food. I have used this book to teach characters, setting, problem and solution. This book would be great if learning about Australia, as it has Australi
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Victoria Long
Feb 13, 2014 Victoria Long rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Possum Magic has wonderful illustrations by Julie Vivas with great depictions of all sorts of animals. Mem Fox has provided a fun adventure that includes great factual bits of Australia. We learn about the animals there and the names of places and food. The story line is not the highlight, but as a whole it was a fun read. He back if the book includes a glossary of Australian terms and a map of Australia showing where the opossums traveled. This could be a great read for those starting to learn ...more
Megan
There have been many Australiana fads over the years. Way back in the 1980s, following the international (read North American) success of films like Paul Hogan's Crocodile Dundee and erm. . . Crocodile Dundee II, whole industries spawned to cash in on Aussie curiosity, mostly centred on the tourist dollar. In children's publishing, no book has traded on this momentum better than Possum Magic with its cute cast of bush critters dashing hither and thither on their tour gastronomique in an effort t ...more
 (NS) Amie
Possum Magic by Mem Fox is a great international book to share with your students. It is a loving story about a magical grandmother possum who makes her granddaughter, Hush, invisible so she will be safe from the snakes who want to eat her. When Hush wants to become visible again, grandmother possum can't figure out the right magic. She has Hush try all different sorts of Australian foods from different Australian cities until slowly, bit by bit, the little possum becomes visible again. I believ ...more
Kristy Sikora
Nov 07, 2010 Kristy Sikora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: international
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Laura Lee Denby
Sep 04, 2012 Laura Lee Denby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possum Magic was my favourite book at kindergarten in Australia. As an adult looking over the beautiful illustrations, it reminds me of the same sense of whimsy and curiosity.
The story is about two possums, Hush and Grandma Poss. Grandma Poss made Hush invisible to keep him safe from snakes. Hush had a lot of fun being invisible but one day he decided he wanted to be able to see himself again. Grandma Poss couldn’t remember exactly how to reverse the bush magic but knew the remedy was some kind
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Emilia
Jul 23, 2012 Emilia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edsl-520
Fox, Mem, and Julie Vivas. Possum Magic. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983.

*International book

-A book about a 2 possums named Grandma Poss and Hush who go on a journey through Australia to make Hush not invisible. To do this they must eat all sorts of traditional Australian food like Vegimite sandwiches.

Themes
-Family
-magic
-Australian culture

Activities to do with children
-Have children research one of the dishes the possums eat and give a report on how to make it and when and where peopl
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Christina Mathers
This story is about two possums that lived in an Australian bush, Grandma Poss and Hush. Grandma Poss made magical things happen. She even made Hush invisible. The story goes on to talk about how being invisible keeps Hush safe. Then came a day when Hush was curious about what she looked like. Grandma Poss looked through all her books and couldn't find how to turn him back to being visible. She then remembered that it had to do with people food. They started traveling around Australia to look fo ...more
Dorathy
Jul 27, 2014 Dorathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: international
Who knew possums could be so endearing? This beautifully illustrated and fun book would be great as a read aloud in the library for grades 6 or 7 before embarking on a research unit on other continents/countries to spark interest in Australian foods and customs. You could use this book in early grades to introduce predicting and inferring. In the early grades the book could serve as a jumping off point for discussing the concept of "be careful what you wish for." Students in all grades could jou ...more
Jenny
May 04, 2014 Jenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-the-kids
A little possum is turned invisible by her grandmother to protect her from predators. She gets tired of being invisible and they go on a quest together to make her visible again. It involved traveling around Australia eating local cuisine to undo the magic. Someone who had an attachment to Australia and/or its cuisine might be enamored of this book. I had neither attraction, so it wasn't that great to me. My daughter liked it and I thought the illustrations were nice.
Elise G
Jan 20, 2016 Elise G rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
It all happens when Grandma Poss makes Hush invisible. One day Hush wants to be visible again. But Grandma Poss can't find the right magic and then she remembers it has something to do with food, she says - people food, not possum food. So they went off to find them, and then Hush is visible again. I liked this book because it kind of teaches your child to not give up. Because Grandma Poss and Hush didn't give up on finding the right magic to make Hush visible again.
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Mem Fox was born in Australia, grew up in Africa, studied drama in England, and returned to Adelaide, Australia in 1970, where she has lived with her husband, Malcolm, and daughter Chloë, happily ever after.

Mem Fox is Australia’s most highly regarded picture-book author. Her first book, Possum Magic, is the best selling children’s book ever in Australia, with sales of over three million. And in th
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