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Possum Magic

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  4,512 ratings  ·  185 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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midnightfaerie
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
Kathryn
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
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.

Not su...more
Joanna Marple
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...more
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...more
Lisa Vegan
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
Derek
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...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Oh-my-goodness this is precious. So funny & adorable. And the map and glossary in the back are perfect to bring it all home. If I had a tot we'd read this over & over & over, and try to find/make all the foods/recipes, and make our own kind of magic.
Loraine
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.
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...more
Victoria Long
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
 (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
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Laura Lee Denby
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...more
Emilia
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...more
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
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
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.
Atziri
This picture book for little kids is now a favorite of mine. It is wonderful! The story is unique and the illustrations are excellent! I was lucky to hear Mem Fox, the author, speak at the National Book Festival in D.C. last year. Everyone there raved about her and when she spoke she was pretty charming. I believe she is actually from Australia.

The story is about little Hush, a young possum who lives with his Grandma. She makes bush magic and has made him invisible. When he wants to become visi...more
Logan Draper
Possum Magic is a great adventure that chronicles two possums, Grandma Poss, and Hush, who live in Australia. Grandma Poss has turned Hush invisible to keep her safe from snakes. But Hush soon decides that she wants to see herself, and no longer wants to be invisible. So Hush, and Grandma Poss go on an adventure through Australia to find the foods that will reverse Grandma Poss’s magic. This book is a great introduction for kindergarten and first grade students on Australia, it teaches them abou...more
Luann
This is a great example of a great Mem Fox book! Read this and take a tour of Australia, highlighting many of its distinctive foods, with two possums named Grandma Poss and Hush. Grandma Poss used her magic to turn Hush invisible to keep her safe from the snake, but now Hush wants to know what she looks like. Grandma Poss remembers that people food is the key to turning Hush visible again, so they set out together to discover which type of people food will do the trick.

Make sure you read the glo...more
Cecilia
I thought this book was supper cute the whole time I was "aahing" and "oohing". I thought it was a very interesting way that magic was introduced. This book talks about a story that has been told in many different ways across cultures. The story is about someone wishing for something and not being careful of that wish. In this case it is a little possum who asks the grandma to turn her invisible. Soon this little possum is doing everything she didn't do before but soon finds out that it is no lo...more
Amy
International Book - Australia. Published in 1983 for grades PK-5 and themes include animal fiction, cultures, different country - Australia. Grandma Poss and Hush live in Australia and Grandma Poss creates magic on the various animals and makes Hush invisible. If she is invisible she can't get hurt and squashed by other animals. One day Hush wants to be visible again and they travel the Australian land to find the magic food to Hush can be seen again. This can be used in social studies class to...more
K.C.
Fox, Mem. (1983). Possum Magic. Orlando: Harcourt Brace.

Category: international books (Australia), picture storybooks

Hush becomes invisible because of Grandma Poss' magic to keep him safe from snakes. Hush enjoys it for awhile, but asks Grandma to make him visible again. Grandma couldn't find the spell in her magic books, but she remembers it has something to do with food. So she takes Hush out through the cities of Australia, eating different foods until Hush comes back in sight, one body part...more
Laura
Fox, Mem. Possum Magic. (1983)

Annotation: Grandma Poss had put a spell on Hush to make him invisible, but after a while Hushdecides that he wants to be able to see what he looks like. Grandma Poss doesn't can't find in her magic books how to make Hush visible again but she remembers it has to do with People food. So Hush and Grandma Poss travel around Aulstralia eating people food until HUsh is visible again.

Themes: Aulstralia, Magic, animals, Aulstralian foods

Ways to use with children: For stud...more
Cherina
Summary: Hush Poss becomes invisible thanks to Grandma Poss's magic. While being invisible keeps Hush safe from snakes, she wants to see her own reflection. Grandma Poss and Hush travel throughout the cities of Australia, eating human food. After eating meal after meal, Hush regains the visibility of her body piece by piece until she can be seen completely.

Uses: independent reading for late early or early transitional readers, recommend for children interested in other countries, or specifically...more
Alexandria Owens
This is a cute book about a possum named Hush who wishes to be invisible. Grandma Poss makes Hush invisible but after awhile, Hush no longer wants to be invisible. Grandma Hush and Poss go on an adventure in Australia to find food that will help Hush become visible. This book has a decent amount of vocabulary and Australian dishes that children could learn about.

Learning Experience: Have the children re-write POSSUM MAGIC as a class using characters (animals), locations and foods from our state...more
Alisha
Mar 26, 2014 Alisha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!!
Shelves: favourites
I think this had to be one of my top-5 favourite childhood books of ALL TIME! I LOVE THIS BOOK!

Such a magical story coupled with fantastically beautiful illustrations. You just knew so much time and effort had gone into making this book, and as the reader you felt kind of special, privileged somehow. Well, I did, anyway. :)

Possum Magic is one of those stories/books that have lasted through time and will keep on lasting because it is a rare gem. It is one of the classics, like Pride and Prejudi...more
Emily Kroness
Possum Magic is a book about two possums that live in an Australian Bush. Grandma poss and Hush set out on a quest across australia. Grandma poss had made Hush invisible so he would be protected from snakes and other animals that might hurt him. Then suddenly Hush wants to be able to see what he looks like but grandma poss does not remember exactly what can cure him. She knows that it is in a type of food so her and hush set off to find it. This book is a great way to start incorporating differe...more
Amber Fuhrman
This book is good for students to see a little bit about different cultures. It shows students a journey of a possum family, showing the different discoveries and magic in each place they visit.
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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...more
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