Themes: Advent, Christmas, Drama, Participation, Anticipation, Nativity, Jesus’ Birth, Celebration, Participation, Fitting In.
“Wombat loved Christmas. He loved the carols and the candles, the presents and the pudding, but most of all he loved the bush Nativity play. For as long as he could remember Wombat had wanted to be in the Nativity. Now at last he was old enough to take part . . . “
This book should appeal to most readers, it’s the “typical Aussie Christmas story” that Mem Fox says was a real sweat to write.
Wombat always dreamed about being a part of the Advent Play, but he was always too young to participate (does this sound familiar?) so, he’s sat on the edge of the play for a number of years watching and dreaming of having a prestigious part in the drama.
This year Wombat is able to participate, and so he searches for the perfect role for him to play, should he be an angel? Perhaps he’s too heavy to be an angel that’s lifted above everyone else, so how about Mary? Perhaps he’s too heavy for the characters playing the donkey to carry, what about a King? Perhaps he’s too short to wear the king’s costumes…
“Don’t lose heart, why not try for another part.”
Surely there HAS to be a part for Wombat to play, and as all hope is almost lost the Bilby thinks of an idea that provides wombat the perfect role, that of the baby Jesus.
Join the entire outback crowd as they celebrate the birth of Jesus in the play to end all plays where everyone has a part to play… even Wombat.