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Kangaroo Clues Paperback – Large Print, June 1, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
Author Margot Finke, does not disappoint in yet another intriguing book of rhyme. The illustrations by Mustafa Delioglu are alive with color and expression. The Australian wildlife with all of its wonder is depicted in these educational pages. Explanations and definitions rest at the bottom of several pages, which is quite handy for educational guides such as teachers or homeschool parents.
Children will experience the struggle and survival of creatures large and small. Kangaroo Clues will intrigue them, and excite their curiosity.
Margot Finke is the author of many rhyming books for children. Kangaroo Clues is a beautiful book that will make a fun and educational addition to any child's library. My advice would be to view all of her rhyming books, both Australian culture and otherwise. Margot also writes about dyslexia. Check out all of her books on Amazon.com
This book has been reviewed by Susan Hornbach, author of children's literature
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun story with glorious pictures. I loved the characterizations of the different creatures. I felt I know them from their actions and I fell in love with the pictures and the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Susan J. Berger
The picture book is about a kangaroo being pursued by dingoes. Will the kangaroo be able to escape the pack of hungry animals? Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Janet Ann Collins