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Product Details

  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616333685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616333683
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,911,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved the characterizations of the different creatures.
Susan J. Berger
All of the artwork by Mustafa Delioğlu is totally appropriate to the story.
Penelope Anne Cole
Australian author Margot Finke's new book Kangaroo Clues is a masterpiece.
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Format: Paperback
Australian author Margot Finke's new book Kangaroo Clues is a masterpiece. The picture book introduces the reader to the Australian outback.

The story is about a kangaroo named Roo being pursued by dingoes. Learning about Roo's world is very fascinating. The icing on the cake is when the author introduces other wildlife from the Australian Outback.

I enjoyed learning about a kookaburra, an emu, a koala, an echidna, a frillneck lizard, a galah, a platypus, and a goanna. The footnotes explanations made it easy to understand fully the true nature of these interesting critters.

Ms. Finke provides the reader with many adventures, but more importantly, the reader learns about how tough life can be for these animals. She also made mention of religious beliefs of the people from the Aboriginal culture.

Two things stand out when reading this informative book:

Use of Language: It takes a very talented author to write in rhymes. Ms. Finke, in my opinion does a fabulous job. This is a big plus for children learning how to read. Teachers can use end rhymes to introduce children to new vocabulary. Here are some great examples:
A few dogs barked; they were safe on land.
None of them swam to give their mates a hand.
They soon slunk off, a beaten pack.
If they were smart they'd not come back.

As Roo leaped past the wattles and gums,
He planned a lesson for those outback bums.
The bush critters fled as Roo hopped past.
None of them wanted to be picked off last.

The artwork:The illustrations bring to life the Australian Outback. I have never been to Australia, but the pictures speak loudly to me. The mystical appeal of the illustrations transports me to a land of adventures and excitement.
Young readers will fall in love with this great book. So, if you are like me, and love providing your young reader with quality, well written books, you may want to get a copy of Kangaroo Clues.
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Margot Finke's new release, "Kangaroo Clues," is a sneaky book. You think it's going to be a rhyming ode to Kangaroos and other Australian Outback critters. But no, it's an exciting survival story of how tough life can be for these amazing animals. The "clue" here, is that this is another book in Ms. Finke's "Wild and Wonderful Series." Along with her "Mama Grizzly Bear," this story takes the reader to the wild world - animals in their natural habitat.

The story opens innocently enough. There's a mother Kangaroo with her baby joey in her pouch. We are introduced to the Dreamtime Spirits, also called Aboriginal Spirits -- which I remember from Ms. Finke's "Taconi & Claude: Double Trouble" story. We meet some more Outback animals as we get further into Kangaroo's world.

A kookaburra, an emu, a koala, an echidna, a frillneck lizard, a galah, a platypus, a goanna -- all make their appearance with footnotes explanations. But the creatures they all dread are a pack of wild dingoes. It is up to Old Man Kangaroo to fight these deadly animals. Now comes the real excitement and adventure.

The cover art is also a clue. There you see a fierce kangaroo, kicking with his powerful back legs. This shows the strength and determination of the kangaroo -- to protect his home and family from the marauding dingoes. All of the artwork by Mustafa Delioğlu is totally appropriate to the story. As you move through each page, reading the rhymes, it's the artwork that grabs and holds your attention.

This book is not for the faint of heart. This is a story with powerful images and strong action. Ms. Finke is famous for coaxing the reluctant boy reader. With this book, no coaxing is necessary.
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Format: Paperback
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?

These lovely and lyrical words begin Kangaroo Clues, by Margot Finke, a very special children's book, The glorious illustrations were done by Mustafa Delioðlu and published by Guardian Angel Publishing.

The book is told through Australian Aboriginal eyes, and the Dreamtime, where all things come from, and where they return when their time on earth is finished.

Aboriginal spirits made all things,
Like kangaroos and birds with wings.
But I've a tale that's just for you.
It tells the secret of Old Man Roo

The book suggests bravery on the kangaroo's part. Is it true, or is it fable? No matter. The story is what counts. The imagery. The mysticism. The beauty. And the dreamlike quality of the allegory itself.

Perhaps spirits gave Kangaroo some smarts,
Allowing him to lose dogs in watery parts.
I'm told it's true, so you have a choice--
To believe or not in the Dreamtime's voice.

This joyous book contains explanatory notes on each page, so the reader is always informed on the text.

Margot Finke is a master story teller, and this time she has outdone herself in the sumptuous work that would be a gorgeous gift for adults as well as for children. And in Margot's Australian words, Well done, Mate!
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More About the Author

BIO:
Margot Finke is an Aussie transplant who writes mid-grade adventure fiction and rhyming picture books. For many years she has lived in Oregon with her husband and family. Gardening, travel, and reading fill in the cracks between writing. Their three children are now grown and doing very well. Margot didn't begin serious writing until the day their youngest left for college. This late start drives her writing, and pushes her to work at it every day. Margot said, "I really envy those who began young, and managed to slip into writing mode between kid fights, diaper changes, household disasters, and outside jobs. You are my heroes!"

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Let your child take a #MAGIC CARPET RIDE to fun and adventure with my books.

Many kids today are reluctant readers (especially boys) , or they might have some other kind of reading problems. I write books with a WOW factor that helps to HOOK these kids on reading.

My rhyming picture books are fun as well as educational:
*Kangaroo Clues - a Dreamtime fable. How Old Man Roo escapes the wild dogs.
*Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat Behind - how to turn our child into a brat.
*Rattlesnake Jam - pure boy fun!
*Horatio Humble Beats the Big D - help and encouragement for dyslexic kids.
*Mama Grizzly Bear - a year in the life of Mama and her cubs.
* Horatio Humble and Ruthie both have parent/teacher guides.
*Never Say BOO to a Frilly + Rainbow birds and Tasmanian Devil Dance.
*Prairie Dog Play Days + Bald Eagle and The Stinker (skunk)
*Dreamtime Man--Based on Aussie history. For kids to Grandparents!


Kids today are computer savvy. They love trying new apps and technology. That's why my young teen books, on Amazon's KINDLE + (soft cover), are a terrific way to encourage your child to read.

*Taconi and Claude-Double Trouble:
Aussie outback adventure + chatty Cockatoo.
*The Revenge of Thelma Hill:
Ghost mystery set in Oregon. Chills on every page!
*Down Under Calling:
Amazing things happen, when an angry Andy and his grandma, separated by an ocean, share letters, her stories of growing up in Australia, and their daily lives, making the impossible. . possible.
*Trial by Walkabout-- Multicultural Aussie outback adventure.

Listen to me read from my books:
*Ruthie and the Hippo's fat Behind: http://youtu.be/4nX2svp9QTs
*Horatio Humble: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7WaY4qTpuQ
*The Revenge of Thelma Hill: http://youtu.be/sLA1vr8b09Y
*Taconi and Claude: http://youtu.be/eD8DblIxnHk
*Listen to me read Dreamtime Man: http://tinyurl.com/qham5nv

Or download a FREE "Sneak Peek" inside ALL my books (pdf):
http://tinyurl.com/8qw44al

My Pinterest boards offer "Book Reviews" and a host of helpful articles and interviews, teckie and writing help + more.http://pinterest.com/margotfinke/

Discover lots more on my website : http://www.margotfinke.com

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For over a year now, I have been working to interest teachers and librarians throughout the US in SKYPE Author Visits. My work and contacts are finally paying off. I have already done several school visits within the US and overseas too. Who would have thought that India and New Zealand would be within SKYPE range? Contact me if you want my Magic Carpet of Books to fly into your classroom: mfinke@frontier.com

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