- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Lexile Measure: 0740 (What's this?)
- Series: Nature Storybooks (Book 45)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (January 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763670758
- ISBN-13: 978-0763670757
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.3 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Big Red Kangaroo (Nature Storybooks) Hardcover – January 6, 2015
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Gr 1–4—"In the center of Australia, far inland, where ocean is a dim memory…a big red kangaroo licks his forearms and lets the early evening breeze wash over him." So begins this narrative account of one night in the life of a male red kangaroo, leader of his mob. From a breakfast of grasses at nightfall to finding shelter in a rainstorm, Red is ever vigilant, looking out for the sharp-toothed dingo or for male rivals from other mobs. Each spread features action-packed illustrations in charcoal and digital media, a page of narrative, and italicized text offering more information or explanation ("A kangaroo's tail is long and strong. It aids in balance, almost like another leg. When a kangaroo moves at full speed, its tail acts like a rudder."). The palette of brown, yellow, orange, gray, and black reflects the heat and night; the animals are gracefully rendered in natural poses. A final page offers additional information. Eloquent writing and large, easy-to-see pictures make this a perfect read aloud for units on Australia, marsupials, or nonfiction.—Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools
Action-packed illustrations... Eloquent writing and large, easy-to-see pictures make this a perfect read aloud for units on Australia, marsupials, or nonfiction.
—School Library Journal
A visually arresting portrait of a species.
The narrative arc will keep [readers] engaged and perhaps inspire further research. ... Appealing in subject and presentation, this will be a welcome addition to primary-grade nonfiction collections.
This clearly written book has expressive, sophisticated charcoal-and-digital artwork that is very different from the cartoonlike illustrations in most picture books involving kangaroos. An interesting combination of a matter-of-fact fictional narrative and facts.
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This story follows a mob of red kangaroos into the night for eating rituals.
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