From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2-Clear, informative full-color photographs enhance this easy-to-read picture book about a baby western grey kangaroo and his mother. Other animals, including the koala, goanna, echidna, emu, and dingo, are introduced, and their eating habits are explained. Youngsters receive a clear picture of how the joey's growth forces him eventually to leave his mother's pouch, and learn that kangaroos are sometimes food for the meat-eating dingoes. The author cleverly shows the close attachment between mother and baby, which continues long after he outgrows the safety of the pouch. Two final pages give additional information for parents or teachers to share with youngsters. A pronunciation guide is included.Karen M. Kearns, Environmental Resource Center, Atlanta, GA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 3-6. Using appealing photos taken during a trip to Australia, Ryden tells the story of a baby kangaroo, a joey. Beginning with a physical description of the scrawny newborn, the simple, direct text focuses on the period from when the baby is easily able to step out of his mother's pouch until the time he is too big to get back in. The varied perspectives of the affectionate mother-offspring bond will entice preschoolers. Unfortunately some of the close-up photographs of neighboring animals, including dangerous dingos, are too dark. Human youngsters will empathize with the roo's struggle toward independence. An author's note and glossary are appended. Julie Corsaro