Zebra's Day Out
Zebra's Day Out
by Susan Polites and Gabrielle Scully Illustrated by Rex Patrick
Zebra is excited when he hears that he will be going out to the cafe with Gabrielle and Gran. But there is a lot that Zebra still has to learn about days out. Is a cafe anything like the circus in the picture book? Will he like the food there? Will there be playing?
One day, Zebra heard Gabrielle’s Mama say, “Gran is coming to look after you today.” Zebra was excited; he liked it when Gran came over.
After breakfast the doorbell rang. Gabrielle opened the door and there was Gran, with a big smile on her face. Zebra thought she looked like the smiling circus clown in Gabrielle’s storybook – except without a tomato for a nose.
“Now, what shall we do today?” Gran said.
“Play!” said Gabrielle.
So they played with all of Gabrielle’s toys.
After a while Gran said, “I’m thirsty!”
“Me too!” said Gabrielle.
“Let’s go to the café.”
“Can Lucy and Rainbow and Zebra come too?” asked Gabrielle.
Gran wasn’t sure. Zebra did cause quite a lot of trouble sometimes.
“Oh please!” Gabrielle said.
“Zebra will promise to be good. Won’t you, Zebra?”
But Zebra was not listening.
Zebra’s Day Out is a cute children’s story. Gran is spending the day with Gabrielle. Gabrielle convinces Gran to let her take zebra with her as they go places. And when they return home, Mom has also returned from wherever it was that she went.
The illustrations are cute, and they help paint the picture of what is going on in the story.
About the Author
Susan Polites is a freelance story-writer, and her ten-year-old granddaughter Gabrielle Scully likes writing stories too. When they spend days together they often share in the adventures of Gabrielle's toy-friends. During the pandemic lockdown in Melbourne they were unable to meet in person, so they decided to work together remotely and write down some of the toy-friends' adventures. Gabrielle's great-grandfather Rex Patrick, an architect and artist, had done a series of illustrations when he first heard about the adventures, and Gabrielle added some of her own drawings to make the story into an early-childhood picture book, and a family project.
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