The Gum Family Finds Home 
(August 2018, National Library Publishing, $24.99, hard cover, 9780642279255)

The Gum Family Finds Home is a delightful Australian story about home and family, and a celebration of the stunning Australian landscape and its flora and fauna.

Join the Gum family of koalas, who hitch up their caravan and set off in search of the perfect home. Together with the Gum family, children will explore the sheer variety and imposing grandeur of the Australian geological landscape, from Uluru to King's Canyon, from gorges and limestone pillars to precariously placed boulders and sweeping plains. Searching for that perfect home, they learn the heart-warming truth that the best home is the one you create for yourself among family and friends.

Parents, friends, carers and teachers will enjoy the age-old premise that 'home is where your heart is' and smile as children try to figure out where the Gums will decide to live. At the back of the book, travel the country again through photographs of locations from the story and learn fascinating facts about their formation and history.

Click here for a peek inside the book and a post on its creation!

... this unique and remarkable Aussie tale... is a gorgeous geological trip full to the brim with amazing facts, contemporary knick-knacks and stunningly illustrated landscapes with ancient ancestry. Couldn’t be more exciting, interesting, informative and heartwarming than this! - Boomerang Books

What a perfectly wonderful way to introduce kidlets to our amazing landscapes. Tania, you and Christina, are a dream team – and this is just beautiful as well as informative. And oh my! The end papers are just truly divine!! - Just So Stories

Let me declare that I am an unabashed Tania McCartney fan – I love the way that she can write the most engaging stories while weaving in all sorts of information that just beg the reader to explore further. Together with Christina Booth’s unique illustrations which seamlessly combine her artwork with photographs of the focus landscape, this story introduces young readers to Australia’s distinctive, ancient geographical features formed. - The Bottom Shelf

Quirky, clever and oh-so cute, this story is a glorious celebration of Australia's vast and varied landscape, along with its stunning flora and fauna. Tania's prose is rich with colour and life, capturing the beauty and diversity of our country, and she peppers it with fascinating facts and tidbits to satisfy hungry young minds. Christina complements this perfectly, with a striking balance between her adorable characters and exquisite detailed landscapes. Tania and Christina have proven themselves true rock stars of the children's book world! - Kids' Book Review

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