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Kangaroo for Christmas Hardcover – September 20, 2011
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About the Author
Flora was born in the small town of Bellefontaine, Ohio, in 1914. "At that time," he recalled, "there were no televisions, radios, dishwashers, or jet planes. There were a lot of horses but very few automobiles." He attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where he met his future wife, artist Jane Sinnicksen. The Floras moved to Connecticut in 1942 when Jim accepted a job in the art department of Columbia Records.
Flora and Jane had five children. "Jane and I loved children," said Flora, "and together we welcomed each of them with cheers for the bright new life we had created. What we had really done, however, was to create an efficient new testing panel for my stories. Most nights when I put the children to bed I would make up stories for them. Whatever would pop into my mind became the basis for a bedtime tale. I would always know that I had the ingredients of a book when my children would ask me to repeat a story."
Flora enjoyed a lengthy career as a commercial illustrator for magazines, newspapers, advertising, and books. He was a lifelong fan of jazz and classical music and was renowned for creating wild illustrations for Columbia and RCA Victor records in the 1940s and '50s. He also created hundreds of fine art paintings, sketches, and woodcuts.
Flora passed away at his home in Rowayton, Connecticut, in 1998.
Information about Flora's life and artistic work can be found at JimFlora.com.
Top Customer Reviews
To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. Kangaroo for Christmas was one of her picks.
On the day before Christmas, an express truck left a large box on the porch. On the box was a card that said, "MERRY CHRISTMAS TO KATHRYN FROM UNCLE DINGO." Kathryn hoped it was full of candy. She saw something brown and fuzzy move inside. It was too big to be a kitty cat. She and her Daddy opened the box and out hopped a large kangaroo. Kathryn is thrilled. She calls the kangaroo Adelaide and decides to make Adelaide her best friend.
Then Kathryn decided to visit Grandma to introduce her to Adelaide. Kathryn jumped on Adelaide's back, and went for the wildest ride ever! After many near disasters, they got to Grandma's house where they slowed Adelaide down when she stepped in Grandma's candy and got stuck. Attaching Adelaide to the top of Grandma's car, they hopped home. There Kathryn and Adelaide got a good night's sleep. Adelaide got some boots for the winter and birch leaves to eat from Santa Claus. Kathryn got a pogo stock so she would never have to ride on Adelaide's back again.
This is a great bonding story because Kathryn needs help from her Grandma and her Daddy to handle Adelaide.Read more ›
Kathryn and Adelaide are happily skipping through town on the way to Grandmother's house when a ferocious dog erupts with loud barks. Alarmed, Adelaide starts hopping faster and faster, weaving into traffic, through the Zwickys' apartment, and into the grocery store. Sausages flying, they bounce into the bakery and careen through the toy shop, where those big kangaroo feet mistakenly slide into a pair of roller skates. With one giant leap, the pair leap high above the houses, skating along telephone wires through the falling flakes. At least from there, they are able to spot Grandma's house.
Grandma does not seem surprised at all by the appearance of her granddaughter riding a kangaroo. On the way down, Adelaide skips through a batch of taffy that was cooling on her front porch, and is now stuck firmly to the roof of Grandma's car. No problem, she'll just drive her home that way. Although Adelaide is stuck fast, she hops with enough power to lift the whole car. One eventful, but accident free ride and they arrive home safely. Santa Claus brings soft boots for Adelaide's aching feet and they finish up the holidays quietly.
This book is very much in the same style as Flora's first book.Read more ›