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A heartwarming and playful adventure that will inspire young readers to be a good neighbor and friend, based on the brave actions of the Australian wombat. Wombat liked her things just so. Everything had its place, and nothing was out of order. She couldn’t say the same about her neighbors. But that was their business, and Wombat didn’t concern herself with others’ business.
When a very hot, dry summer causes dangerous fires in their neighborhood, a group of animals are desperate to find water and shelter. It will take the quiet heroism of a neighbor to provide resources and a cozy, cool, and safe burrow—a reluctant wombat who demonstrates the inspiring power of community.
Wombat, the Reluctant Hero is inspired by the heroic and very real actions of the wombat, an animal that has helped other creatures survive droughts and wildfires in its native Australia. Author Christian Trimmer and illustrator Rachel Gyan celebrate this amazing mammal, who definitely has a thing or two to teach us about being a good neighbor.
About the Author
Christian Trimmer is a children's book writer and editor. He is the author of Simon's New Bed, Teddy's Favorite Toy, and Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies. He lives with his husband in Brooklyn, New York, and Hillsdale, New York.
Rachel Gyan is a multidisciplinary illustrator based in the Western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. She is passionate about artful storytelling and known for her Australian fauna and flora illustrations filled with heart-warming characters and whimsical narrative brought to life through texture and vibrant color palettes. Growing up in rural Victoria, Rachel's love for Australian wildlife and animal welfare was apparent from childhood. From the time she could hold a pencil she has been studying and drawing inspiration from animals and their environment to capture their beautiful and sometimes quirky nature in her work. Rachel is the illustrator of Wombat, the Reluctant Hero.
"A sweet story about friendship and cooperation—and reminding readers that true heroes assist others whenever they’re needed and without having to be asked." - Kirkus