Look at these questions.
Try to find the answers while you read.
What is the name of the wombat
in the story?
2. Does the story happen
in the past, present or future?
Was the wombat always fat?
4. Did the wombat help
the Aboriginal people?
5. What did the wise
old man do?
wombat is fat. He has short legs and he moves
slowly, but he was not always fat and slow!
ago the wombat was slim
and fast. He was very good at running. A wombat
called Wallace lived near an Aboriginal family.
Every day Wallace went out to hunt for food.
The Aboriginal family went out to hunt too.
When Wallace had eaten enough for the day, he
loved to lie in the dark and watch the family
as they sat around their campsite. They ate
and told stories and laughed.
day it was very, very hot. Wallace was tired.
He decided that today, instead of going out
to hunt, he would take a little bit
of food from the Aborigines. They wouldn't notice.
The next day was very, very hot too. So he took
a bit more food. This was very easy for Wallace.
It became a habit. Soon he started getting very
fat and lazy. His body was fat. His legs looked
short and fat.
a few months the Aboriginal family began to
notice that food was missing. They noticed that
every day there were footprints
near the food. One day they all hid
in the bush. Wallace woke up. He yawned
He saw that no-one was at the campsite, so he
walked in and started taking food. The family
jumped out and caught him.
wise old man laughed when he saw how fat Wallace
was. He put a spell on
Wallace so that he would always be fat. Then
they let Wallace go.
is the great grandfather of all wombats in the
world today. That is why today all wombats are
slow and have fat little legs and fat bodies.