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Pouch! Hardcover – September 17, 2009
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"Stein continues to create deceptively simple yet very affecting picture books...The subtle sophistication of the story gives it broad appeal." --School Library Journal
"Stein's minimal, to-the-point text and breezy mixed-media illustrations convey Joey's energy and swing of feelings." -- Horn Book
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Joey's a sweet little baby kangaroo who one day gets a wild notion. "Mama," he says, "I want to hop!" Mama's willing, but little Joey is a bit of a panicky sort. On his first outing he runs across a bee. His reaction? "POUCH!" and in he hops. On his second hop about the woods he meets a rabbit. You can guess his reaction. Trip #3 and it's a bird that freaks him out. But on Trip #4 he meets another baby kangaroo. And after both of them give a cry of "POUCH!" they realize how silly they've been. So much so that when their mamas offer a pouch to them at the end, they confidently slap their arms around one another and say with pseudo-nonchalance, "No, thanks."
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Back in the comfort of his mama's pouch he peered at the outside world again. It wasn't long before he "took four hops to the sandy hollow." This was a bit further than he had been before. Past the bee, past the rabbit, but Joey dif not go out of his mama's sight. "Who are you?" Well, when that bird answered there was no doubt about where Joey was going. It was no surprise that he still wanted to explore the world, but the next time he went out hopping he encountered a creature that really surprised him. Maybe this time he wouldn't be yelling "pouch!"
This is one of those adorable books you'll want to read time and time again . . . all cuddled up in a rocking chair with a little one. Many children are a little hesitant to go very far from a parent or caretaker. It's not long before they forget they were ever frightened and need less comfort and reassurance, especially when they meet other children. I loved the simple illustrations and the way they captured the mother's comforting gaze directed toward Joey. If you read this one during circle or story time, don't be at all surprised if you have little ones hopping around the room!
It is hard to convey how tender and funny this book is, how instantly appealing it is to both kids and parents. So, instead, let me say just read it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We ordered this as a replacement for a paperback version that we had received, but didn't quite stand up to the hands of our daughter. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My 23-month old son got this book a few days ago from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
I read it to him and he giggled his head off. Read more
My favorite children's book! I have gifted and bought it for my little one. The delivery was for a friend and they got it in a timely manner.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love the little story but didn't know it would look this way...kind of cheap lookingPublished 3 months ago by Candi
My soon to be two year old loves this book. It might be her favorite. We both say POUCH! together.Published 3 months ago by James Hudson
My son loves the book I'm unhappy because I can't figure out how to download it to the kindle app.Published 4 months ago by Kim R
This is my 2 year old son's favorite book. So happy to find it in a board book.Published 5 months ago by Dani