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The Death of a Wombat is a masterpiece IMHO. It is beautiful, sad, and hopeful all at the same time. Beautifully written, sad because of the death and destruction that bushfires cause and hopeful because the animals themselves never giving up trying to survive. The slow and lumbering wombat who lives a simple and quiet life follows his instincts and heads for the river with small fires already burning in his fur. He is so close but far too slow with his lumbering walk. The river in the end sooth ...more
I first read this book when I lived in a small town in Victoria, Australia. It touched me so much I brought it back here in the late 70s. I pulled it out & dusted it off after hearing about the horrific fires in Australia this past month. It is a simple story, written to be allegorical, but the environmental message seemed most urgent. A tossed bottle ignites a wildfire under the harsh summer sun... and it spreads. The story is told at the level of the wild animals, how they meet the fire, h ...more
An eco-fable about our response to the (at the time of writing) looming environmental catastrophe. The responses of different australian animals to a wildfire that sweeps across the bush can be read as parables of how we might respond to man-made environmental threats such as pollution: turn and face them, laconically ignore them, or carry on and hope for the best. Not a children's book, per se, and will probably not be enjoyed by readers of the Muddleheaded Wombat or Angela McAllister's wombat ...more
When a manmade fire sweeps through the Australian bush, birds and animals panic. Kangaroos flee. Koalas cling stupidly to trees. Dingoes turn and race towards the flames. We find ourselves rooting for a humble wombat as he tries desperately to reach the safety of a lake, waddling as fast as he can manage on “short, stubbed legs” as the racing fire bears down. The Death of a Wombat is a simple, imaginative and unusual little story. It’s also strangely touching. As the author says, “Everything lik ...more
Ivan Smith completed an Arts undergraduate degree and a postgraduate degree in Modern Literature in Perth, Western Australia. He worked for two years for United Nations Radio in New York, commentating on meetings of the General Assembly and the Security Council. He then became an editor, then Features Writer-Producer with the ABC in the United States of America. On his return to Australia he becam ...moreMore about Ivan Smith