Today I say Happy Birthday to celebrated Australian children’s author and literacy educator Mem Fox, AM. Born Merrion Frances Partridge, Mem has written over 38 books for adults and children which have been translated into nineteen languages. Her 1983 mega hit Possum Magic, has sold over three million copies and is the best selling picture book ever ever ever in Australia. Her other titles include Time for Bed, KoalaLou, Where Is The Green Sheep? and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, a copy of which was Australia’s official gift to Prince George.
My kids grew up with Mem Fox books and her non fiction winner Reading Magic is my gift of choice for first time parents. My wrap today is an ode to Possum Magic and its beautiful illustrations by Julie Vivas. If you buy any gift for a child make it a book and a treasured classic at that. I love the Australiana feel of the image embellished with twine that picks up the tones of the clothing. I love the background gum leaves and gum nuts too. I can feel a foliage wrap stage coming on.