Review: Life In A Hollow


As the
possums and parrots and skinks have all shown, 
one little
hollow can provide many a home.

interesting and wonderfully informative picture book speaks to the reader in a
conversational and engaging manner. It shows how tree hollows are made, and
outlines their importance in providing a safe space for animals both large and

Life In A
is jam-
packed with tidbits and information outlining the real-estate potential of tree
hollows for some of our favourite critters, and it also discusses those creatures
that aren’t so cute and cuddly. 

Told in
rhyme that works best when read out loud, the story begins with the falling of
a tree branch. Beetles move in and eat away at the tree, leaving room for the
small hollow’s next inhabitants – which happen to be beetles. And so we are
introduced to the growth of the hollow along with each new set of tenants; among
them bats, crimson rosellas, skinks and possums. 

The illustrations are friendly, warm and soft, even when depicting squidgy
skinks or creepy crawly beetles. The bats are actually rather cute and there’s
an accessibility to all of the pictures that feels welcoming and safe.

The simple
beauty of this book allows the reader to seamlessly follow the narrative, and
then be directed to conduct more research if desired. To assist with this, the
book contains several pages of facts about the creatures we have met, further
information about the formation of tree hollows and a glossary of scientific terms.

And of
course, the teachers’ notes (aligned to the Australian Curriculum), make this
one a no-brainer for following up within the classroom and beyond.

A valuable

Title: Life In A Hollow
Author: David Gullan
Illustrator: Suzanne Houghton
Publisher: CSIRO $24.99
Publication Date: April 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781486316342
For ages: 5 – 9
Type: Picture Book


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