Kayla Koala and her Mama


Children - Picture Book
38 Pages
Reviewed on 04/23/2020
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Author Biography

Ha-Le Thai is an experienced Early Childhood Educator with more than 25 years’ experience working with young children in Sydney, Australia. She is also a renowned author on Amazon for her bestseller books, WARATAH which receives a Finalist Reward from Readers' Favorite, USA and the highly commended parenting book HABITS TO BENEFITS which is attracting more and more parents and educators worldwide. Ha-Le is also an international speaker on Motivation and Inspiration and in Early Childhood Education.

Ha-Le is regarded as an unstoppable warrior and a survivor of three different cancers. Despite what she went through, she devotes her time to serving people of all ages, especially children who, according to her, should have the happiest life they deserve to have. Teaching children and writing for children are her passion in life.

“Please buy my book to help me to serve children better.” Ha-Le often says with her wide smile.


About Illustrator

Chuileng Muivah obtained a Master degree in painting at Delhi College of Arts (Delhi University) and studied Art history, Aesthetics, Print Making and Painting, based in New Delhi.

He received “Young Talented Artists Award 2017-2018” from North-east Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), Ministry of Culture Government of India.

He is an illustrator and painter who creates images ranging from whimsically simple to more realistic and detailed ones.

Chuileng does international illustration projects and illustrates children storybooks and advertisements. He really enjoys making the best of his contributions to the world of arts.


    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Kayla Koala and her Mama is a children’s picture book written by Ha-Le Thai and illustrated by Chuileng Muivah. Kayla Koala and her mama lived idyllic lives in the Australian bush. By day, they were each other’s playmates and at night Mama was always there to comfort Kayla when she was frightened by noises in the dark. One day, however, their life was shattered by a blazing inferno. The heated winds had whipped up bushfires that seemed to roar through all the natural places the koala mom and daughter had called home. Mama was determined to save her baby. With Kayla clinging onto her back, Mama walked for miles, the pads on her feet scorched by the burning earth and the hot winds searing her lungs. Kayla was worried about her mom and wanted to walk on her own to lessen her mother’s burden, but Mama was determined to bring her child to safety. Would they make it? Would Mama survive her ordeal?

Ha-Le Thai’s Kayla Koala and her Mama brings home to young readers the impact and devastation Australia’s wildfires wreaked upon koalas and the other species that live in the bush. One can’t help but wonder how Mama will survive her grim journey and how Kayla could ever get along without her mom. Chuileng Muivah’s moving illustrations work so well with the storyline. You can really feel Mama’s determination to get her child to safety above all else, and you can see her growing fatigue as she presses on. The author includes a number of Learning Activities to help young readers process and more fully understand the story. A link to more activities for pre-k to second graders is also included. Kayla Koala and her Mama is a gripping and suspenseful story that is most highly recommended.