||June 4, 2004
Did Dreamtime spirits make the kangaroo? Old Man Kanga is crafty. He knows where to hop to escape the wild dogs that chase him.
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Who sewed the pouch on the Kangaroo
And placed her Joey in there too?
Was it a Dreamtime spirit-man
Who made up creatures from a plan?
Educational and fun!
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This tells the true tale of how some kangaroos escape the packs of wild dogs that roam the Aussie bush and outback. Other weird and wonderful Australian animals also add to the fun and excitement.
Check the enclosed list of fun Aussie words and what they mean.
Publisher:Writers Exchange E-Publishing
Jennifer LB Leese
"Kangaroo Clues" by Margot Finke
Published by Writer's Exchange E-Publishing, Release: 2004
Reviewed by Jennifer LB Leese
In KANGAROO CLUES, an illustrated picture book, children learn about Dreamtime and Old Man Kanga and how he beat dogs that were out to eat him. Readers will enjoy hearing about and seeing colorfully drawn pictures of kangaroos, kookaburras, platypus', frill-neck lizards, galas, koalas, and more. Mustafa Delioglu, the illustrator, put a lot of thought and particulars into each creature drawn. Each design adds charm and enchantment to the story.
Told in rhyme, this storybook is a new favorite in this reviewer's household. With Australian parentage, my children and I, thoroughly enjoyed Margot Finke's wondrous tale about Australia's outback and the animals that live there.
This book would work wonderfully in the classroom. Teachers could add this detailed and fun book to their lesson plans when teaching children about the world's countries. This reviewer highly recommends KANGAROO CLUES by Margot Finke.
It must have been Dreamtime spirit-man who sewed the pouch in kangaroo. Near a shady billabong Old Man Kanga and his friends, Marsupial mouse, Emu, Goanna, Platypus, Kookaburra, frill neck lizard, Cockatoo and Echidna all heard the dogs coming. With leaps and bound Old Man Kanga made it to the water just in time. The dingoes were right behind. Into the water went Platypus and Old Man Kanga while Kookaburra laughed and Goanna hid. Galas screamed while Koalas encouraged Kanga on.
Kangaroo Clues is a marvellous book told in rhyme, created by talented writer Margo Finke and filled with delightful illustrations from Mustafa Delioglu. For readers living outside of Australia the tale introduces children to animals and words not heard in every day conversation. For children living in Australia the words may not be new, but the story will offer as much appeal. Delioglu’s drawings are vivid, well executed and large enough for children to understand.
Full page art work sets off the narrative to perfection. Kangaroo Clues covers 31 pages of cheery rhyme and exciting illustrations sure to please the target audience of beginning readers. Vocabulary is a bit advanced for the youngest readers, however even very young children will be held captivated by the tale as they navigate the buttons turning the pages while Mum or Dad, or older sibling read the words to them.
A read-to book for the 3-5 set, read-with some help for the 6 and 7s, and read mostly alone for the 8 and 9s. Wonderful book for the home or classroom library. Teachers will find the work a good addition to the ‘multi culture’ unit. Kangaroo Clues is a book sure to be reached for often for both pleasure time reading and for class work.
Enjoyed the read. Kangaroo Clues is a book I would use in my own Kindergarten-First grade classroom.
Happy to recommend.
Kangaroo Clues, by Margot Finke, illustrated by Mustafa Delioglu
Writers Exchange Epublishing, 2004
Molly Martin is a classroom teacher of over 20 years' experience.
Writers Exchange E-Publishing
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