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Pouch! Hardcover – September 17, 2009

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PreSchool-Grade 1—Stein continues to create deceptively simple yet very affecting picture books. One day, little Joey peeks out of Mama Kangaroo's pouch and says, "I want to hop!" Each time he leaves his safe haven, he takes more steps, meets a strange new animal, yells out "Pouch!," and hops back to his mama to hide. But when the final animal is another little joey who also yells "Pouch!," the two realize there is nothing to fear, have a good laugh, and hop off together. When their mamas offer their pouches, the youngsters say, "No, thanks." The marker, watercolor, and crayon illustrations are rendered in Stein's trademark simple, scribbly, loosely drawn style. The increasing distances Joey hops from his mother are clearly represented with increased page turns and use of perspective. Stein's choice of easily identifiable animals (a bee, a rabbit, and a bird) is particularly apropos, giving the book universality that it might otherwise lack. The repetition will appeal to the intended audience, as will the chance to identify each animal Joey meets. The subtle sophistication of the story gives it broad appeal: while it could be used one-on-one with toddlers, older preschoolers would enjoy it in storytimes, and the minimalistic text would be effective with beginning readers as well.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT END

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"Warm and inviting, this buoyant tale is hopping good fun." --Kirkus

"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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (September 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399250514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399250514
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Today I had to tackle a preschool storytime. I am not a particularly brave librarian, though. If I find a picture book that works, I have to really work at not using it over and over again in front of a crowd of two to four-year-olds every time I do a storytime. Kids are unafraid to inform you when you are boring the socks off of them. after all. So today I was brave and I used not one, not two, but THREE brand new picture books. It was scary, but it worked. And "Pouch!" by David Ezra Stein, was one of the three. Admittedly, I brought it out because I knew I wanted to review it, but it wasn't field tested (as it were) yet. Now I am happy to report that when read with the right amount of verve and near panic, this is a delightful storytime option that kids and adults alike will both love. Clearly the kangaroo word for "retreat" is "POUCH!"

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."

Stein has style. They say that when you write fiction you should have a distinctive voice. Well, Stein's distinctive voice is in his brush.
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A brightly colored hardcover book with a delightful story of a Joey and it's mother. The Joey has been in his mother's pouch and is starting to venture out. Whenever he gets scared, i.e. when he meets a bird, he shouts 'pouch' and jumps back to the safety of his mother's pouch. This happens until he comes across another Joey who does the same. They become quick friends. Really cute, original story.
My toddler loves it. Great repetition too. Teaches courage and friendship.
We received this book as part of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program.
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My son's VERY favorite book. He is 17 months old, and can barely say Pouch. We read this book at least 5 times a day. In fact, this is our second copy. Our first was a paper copy and he ripped it to shreds. Mommy just got smart and bought a hard page book. :-) He loves to follow along and scream POUCH when he knows little Joey is afraid. It's so cute. He also likes to mimic the 3 hops, 4 hops, 5 hops reading. Lots of interaction in this little book. It's the only book he recognizes by sight, and carries around to us when he wants to read. We LOVE this one, it's a must have for your little!
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Usually it takes one or two readings for my daughter to appreciate a book, but she immediately took to POUCH! We've had it since Friday and I think we've read it about twenty times. Luckily, it's a very sweet book with wonderful illustrations and the adults have been enjoying it too. It's a simple story of a young kangaroo exploring his world, with his mama and her comforting pouch always there in case he's frightened. Not that his world is truly frightening, Joey is just very young. And this is a fun book too, yelling "POUCH!" is fun for both child and parent.
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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. He constantly runs up to me waving it at me saying: 'tory! 'tory! (Read me this story.) He still laughs and laughs and laughs!!!
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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. The hardback allows us to enjoy the book together while her little fingers can turn the pages without tearing!
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My two year old son LOVES this book. We cycle through several books during the year, but this one stays on top of the stack. He loves to count Joey's hops as he discovers creatures in the pasture, and also loves to say, "POUCH!" when Joey gets scared and hops back to his mama. He giggles with the two laughing kangaroos and enjoys telling the Mama Kangaroos, "no thanks!" every time we read. This is such a fun book for a toddler, and definitely a keeper for our collection.
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By Jessica on November 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a simple and delightful illustration of a child's use of his mother as a "home base" for exploring the world. For more on this principle, see here: [...]
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