The Wombles are furry animals, who live for 200-300 years and can pass for whiskery humans when dressed in an overcoat and hat. Energetic and resourceful, the young wombles are given no names, but spend their days playing in a communal nursery. When they are "of age", they choose their names from an Atlas and are assigned work within or around the burrow. Some of the Wombles work picking up trash left on Wimbledon Commons and bringing it back to be reused (and/or eaten) in the burrow; others work within the burrow to recycle and repurpose what is found. Money found is kept and used to pay for essentials that aren't left behind by humans.
In this first book, adventures include a young Bungo's first day of work, a flood, an expedition to obtain concrete, a visit from the world-traveling cousin Yellowstone, a food shortage, a Christmas celebration, and a visit to an amusement park.
The book and its successors were turned into a popular television series in the UK.
I loved this book as a child and still find it charming as an adult. It greatly transcends its reputation as an "environmental" tale; the Wombles are just fun. I have never had access to any of the television shows made, but the original story and illustrations are wonderful.
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- Reading Age: 8+
- Reading Aloud Age: 6+
Clean. Chapters are short. Would make an excellent read-aloud.
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