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Koala Lou

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  914 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Everyone loved soft, round, cuddly Koala Lou, but her mother loved her most of all and told her so a hundred times a day. As time passed and more little brothers and sisters were born, her mother became too busy to tell Koala Lou that she loved her. Koala Lou grew sad, and oh, how she longed to hear her mother say it once again. Then one day Koala Lou though of a brilliant...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Perfection Learning (first published 1988)
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Lindley Walter-smith
Oh, Mem Fox. I'm really not sure about the message this book sends to children. I *think* it is supposed to be that trying is more important than succeeding and that your parents will love you even if you fail. What it actually says is that working mothers ignore and neglect their children and that the only way to get affection from them is to tear yourself apart trying to impress them, and then you might get one precious moment of attention.

Awfully depressing and awfully woman-blaming. It actu...more
Book 6, Day 6 - Mini Family Classics from News Limited.

First published in 1988.
30ish pages
Author: Mem Fox
Illustrator: Pamela Lofts

When you ask an Aussie to name an iconic children's picture book author, Mem Fox's name will appear 9 times out of 10. And if you ask this hypothetical person to name one of her books? It'll probably be "Possum Magic"; but "Koala Lou" would come a close second.

Born in Australia, educated in Africa and England, now based in South Australia, Fox's books demonstrate her...more
Amy Musser
From the day she was born, all the bush animals loved soft and cuddly Koala Lou, but it was her mother who loved her the most. All day long her mother would praise her beloved baby saying, “Koala Lou, I DO love you!” But the years pass and Koala Lou’s mother has many other children that take up her time. Her mother is too busy to express her love as she used to and Koala Lou longs to hear those words again, so she decides to train to win the gum tree climbing event at the Bush Olympics. Even tho...more
This is the first book I have read from Mem Fox, one of my favorite authors, that didn't quite convince me. The story is about a lovely koala named Koala Lou who seems to feel like she isn't getting enough love from her mom. Her family has grown and her mom is pretty busy, so she seems to forget to tell Koala Lou, as often as she did before, that she loves her. Koala Lou decides to enter the Bush Olympics to get her mother's attention. She does not win, but her mom, of course tells her she loves...more
Joanna Marple
Read this book and then tell me you haven’t fallen in love with koalas. This story tackles the common feeling of not enough motherly love to go round. When Koala Lou is born EVERYONE loves her, but none as much as her Mom who reminds of the fact 100 times a day. But the inevitable happens and siblings arrive and Koala Lou wishes her mother would repeat those words. So she comes up with a plan. She will compete in the bush Olympics. Winning her event will surely assure her mother’s love (sound fa...more
A parent’s ability to love their children transgresses time, but often in one’s life time our perception of that love can become altered. Parents have more children, they get a new job, the start working different hours, essentially life goes on, but whatever the case at some point in a child’s life they will begin to question the depth of the connection they once shared with their parents. It is quite normal for a child to feel at one point in their life a sense of loss within the confidence o...more
Ok, hmm. I believe the message is that moms love their children even if they're not constantly saying it, and even if they don't win competitions. But what I got was how the child had to draw special attention to herself to get her mom to make time for snuggles. I hope good parents remember to regularly pay attention to every child, even the ones who aren't babies or who have special needs or whatever.
Rosa Cline
This is a wonderfully written book incorporating animals from Australia that most children wouldn't be exposed to in a beautifully written book to remind children that no matter how old they grow or how many siblings they have that their Momma (or parents) will always love them. (And it gently reminds us adults who maybe reading it to their children that regardless of how busy we get our children still like to hear "I Love You" like when they were babies.)

Koala Lou was the first born child of he...more
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Fox, Mem, and Pamela Lofts. Koala Lou. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989. Print.
This review is also posted on Get Kids to Read:

Koala Lou is a classic story time book by Mem Fox. The story of a young Koala who loves the special time with her mother. When more brothers and sisters are born and she starts to get less attention, Koala Lou tries very hard to get a speck of attention and for her mother to tell her she loves her. Many children have anxieties...more
When Koala Lou’s mother becomes so busy that she forgets to tell her firstborn how much she loves her, Koala Lou enters the Bush Olympics, intending to win an event and her mother’s love all at one time. “A first-rate choice for bedtime, story hour, or reading aloud.”--The Horn Book
Michelle Lasser
I guess I read this book at the right time, right as the Olympics are going on. This story is a perfect representation of a mother's love and how even if other siblings or other tasks get in the way of all the attention we used to get from our parents, they will always love you just the same. This love is more powerful than just getting us through the day, but encouraging us to do big things and knowing that we are ALWAYS supported by our mommies. Even if we don't come in first place in everythi...more
Kathryn Brunk
Mem Fox was born in Australia and has been writing children’s books since the early 1980’s. She has many fiction books and much non-fiction books as well. Almost all of her books are based on characters that are animals. She has her own website that cater to education and is really helpful.

Koala Lou is such a sweet book. It is definitely a social and emotional topic that deals with issues of competitiveness and sibling acceptance. The illustrations are wonderful and the message of the book nearl...more
[These reviews are written by first graders as part of a classroom project on opinion writing.]

Do you like koalas? Then you should read Koala Lou. Koala Lou teaches me that you have to be patient. For example, if your mom is busy, you have to be patient. -D.W.

Do you like koalas? If you do, you should read Koala Lou. I like that the book has love. I like that the book has words that kids can understand, for example: love and baby. Overall, this book is cute and funny. You should read Koala Lou! -...more
Herbie Behm
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Mem Fox is one of my favorite authors, and I had the privilege of hearing her read this story of a young koala bear, Koala Lou, who feels that her mother doesn't pay as much attention to her anymore since several younger siblings have joined the family. In an effect to attract her mother's attention, Koala Lou competes in the Bush Olympics. After days of training and practicing, the big day of the competition arrives. Koala Lou puts forth her best effort but it's not enough. As she laments her l...more
Koala Lou is another humdinger from Australia's best (and only) author. Koala Lou tells the story of a koala with mother issues who decides to compete in an animal Olympics so that her mother will finally have time to say she loves her. She fails at the Olympics, but her mother gives her a pity hug to keep her off her back for a while.

It's a very sweet story.
Alex Niemi
Koala Lou was the firstborn. When Koala Lou’s mother becomes busy with her other children, Koala Lou enters an event to win her mother’s love back. Mem Fox addresses sibling rivalry and not always winning in this popular book.
In Koala Lou Pamela Lofts, the illustrator, captures the story written by Mem Fox in several differnet ways. She used bordered images with parts of the image overlapping the border to show depth. The illustrations are enhancing to the story and show simple things that are not seen in the text. The placement of the characters and the expressions given to them also enhances the meaning of the text. The colors used were different depending on the time of day and had a similar theme of being bright...more
Koala Lou is a book perfect for when another sibling is about to be added to the family. It is meant to assure children that win or lose they are always loved by their mom.
Koala Lou is a picture book that examines what happens when a family starts to expand. At one time or another, each and every one of us have felt like an outsider in our own home. Koala Lou just wants some attention and love from her mother; and how better to do it than join the Olympics! This picture book demonstrates the universal concept of the never-ending love a parent has for their child. The pictures in the book are really fun and compliment the text very well. All in all, Koala Lou is a...more
Leah Gimre
This is a great book to read to a child when they are about to get a new baby brother or sister. It is also a fun book for the classroom.
Illustrator: Pamela Lofts
Age: 4-8
Summary: Koala Lou's mom tells her everyday how much she loves her until siblings come along and Koala Lou decides the only way to get her mom to say how much she loves her again is to win the Bush Olympics.
Applications/Uses: Exploration of animals in Australia, if students are learning about the Olympics this would be a cute supplementary text, discussion of what happens when you don't win, when students are at the age where their parents are having more childr...more
Ms. B
A book about a mother's love for her child, even when she fails. A good book for pushy soccer Moms.
Lydia Bingham
One of my favorite books growing up. My mom would substitute our names in and say "Lydia Lou, I do love you."
Ashley Wampler
Koala Lou's mother dotes on her and always says "Koala Lou, I DO love you!" However, when Koala Lou's mother has more children and her day gets hectic, this phrase disappears. Koala Lou decides that she will train for the Bush Olympics and win, so that her mother will tell her how much she loves her again. Koala Klaws wins first place in the tree climbing competition and Koala Lou is very sad. She goes and cries for a long time. However, when she returns home, her mother greets her with a big hu...more
Phuong Dao
I love this book so much because it is about a little Koala and her mom. Little Koala Lou and her mom has a very strong bonding. As her mom has more babies, she does not have to to tell Koala Lou that she loves her. Koala Lou felt left out at some point, and tried to find different ways to impress her mom, but Koala Lou doesn't know that her mom always whisper to her that she loves her everyday. I think this book is really good to teach children how to make connection with the text. Text to self...more
Vanessa Arredondo
The text is focused on the middle of the page. It switches from the left page to the right as it either gives importance or suggests adventure. The Koala tries hard to get the attention from her mother which represents are real life situation. The color white is all over the book and it borders some illustrations. The other colors very depend on the animals that are shown. The book suggests lots of adventure from beginning to end. Some of the illustrations are centered but they do change positio...more
Molly Mardany
This book was an awesome example of a mothers unconditional love for her child. The vivid color penciling was beautiful. The pictures were very realistic, and they really brought the book to life. There was a great variety of using and not using boarders. The text was usually on the white pages, but when it was with a picture, it was always boxed off.The text and the artwork really complimented each other throughout the book.The bright bubble letters as the title was very fun, and made me want t...more
I hadn't heard of this story before receiving it as a gift. I liked the idea of a story tackling a parent's underlying unconditional love for their child (even if they are sometimes too busy to show it or tell them). I do think that message slipped a bit in the telling of the story and we are left with a little Koala whose only way of getting attention from mum is to train her daylight scout to try and win the Bush Olympics. She doesn't win them of course but she does win that coveted moment of...more
Koala Lou By: Mem Fox
ISBN: 0590994662,1994.
A sweet story about a mother koala and her child's bond. Koala Lou loves her mother and loves it when she says "Koala Lou,I Do Love You!" But when she gets a little older her mom doesn't say it as much and Koala Lou starts to feel sad. Koala Lou is relieved when her mother comforts her and tells her "Koala Lou, I Do Love You, Always!"

**A Great book for explaining to children even though moms and dads get busy the always love you!
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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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