Illustrator: Mustafa Delioglu
Read … Highly Recommended … 5 stars
It must have Dreamtime spirit-man
who sewed the pouch in kangaroo. Near a shady billabong Old Man
Kanga and his friends, Marsupial mouse, Emu, Goana, Platypus,
Kookaburra, frill neck lizard, Cockatoo and Echidna all heard
the dogs coming. With leaps and bound Old Man Kanga made it to
the water just in time. The dingos were right behind. Into the
water went Platypus and Old Man Kanga while Kookaburra laughed
and Goana hid. Galas screamed while Koala's encouraged Kanga
"Kangaroo Clues" is
a marvelous book told in rhyme, created by talented writer Margo
Finke and filled with delightful illustrations from Mustafa Delioglu.
For readers living outside of Australia the tale introduces children
to animals and words not heard in every day conversation. For
children living in Australia the words may not be new, but the
story will offer as much appeal. Delioglu's drawings are vivid,
well executed and large enough for children to understand.
Full page art work sets off the
narrative to perfection. "Kangaroo Clues" covers 31
pages of cheery rhyme and exciting illustrations sure to please
the target audience of beginning readers. Vocabulary is a bit
advanced for the youngest readers, however even very young children
will be held captivated by the tale as they navigate the buttons
turning the pages while Mom or Dad, or older sibling read the
words to them.
A read-to book for the 3-5 set,
read-with some help for the 6 and 7s, and read mostly alone for
the 8 and 9s. Wonderful book for the home or classroom library.
Teachers will find the work a good addition to the 'multi culture'
unit. "Kangaroo Clues" is a book sure to be reached
for often for both pleasure time reading and for class work.
Enjoyed the read. "Kangaroo
Clues" is a book I would use in my own Kindergarten-First
grade classroom. Happy to recommend.