Radical Storytime is a great little Tumblr site by an...
"aspiring youth services librarian with a heart for revolution"
Her featured letter last week was 'Z' and the kids read books about zoos. Zoos, the author says, are not places that make her feel very happy - but nevertheless, they provide an excellent way for young children to learn about animals. And A Possum's Tail was one of the books she read.
The zoo in A Possum's Tail is not a sad place - Alex's illustrations are too joyful, inclusive and lively. And the story is too 'wild' and silly and fantastical (although I still feel that the possums and Samuel Drew should have flown to the moon...ahh, but that's another 'tail'...)
But this is what we like to see: books being read, discussed and USED.
Thank you Stephanie!