“Once upon a time, but not very long ago, deep in the Australian bush lived two possums” and Grandma Poss made magic. “[T]he best magic of all…was the magic that made Hush invisible.” What child wouldn’t want to be invisible at times? All of the adventures that could be had, all of the tricks that could be played! But eventually, Hush wants to be made visible again, and as Possum Magic unfolds, there is a slight wrinkle; Grandma Poss doesn’t know how to make Hush visible again! After racking her brain, Grandma Poss remembers that it has something to do with people food so Grandma Poss and Hush set off on a tour around Australia, trying different people foods in each city they visit.
I can’t think of a better way to learn about a country than eating your way around it! They sample Anzac biscuits, steak and salad, pumpkin scones, mornay, minties, Vegemite, pavlova and lamington as they make their way through Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, and Hobart (Tasmania), finally discovering the perfect combination of foods to make Hush visible again. Whew!
This is a wonderfully whimsical book with a map of their travels and explanations of the different foods at the end. There is so much to see and do in Australia it is hard to know where to start, but this book is a great way to encourage interest in your trip, as well as a list of foods to try!
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