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Do Kangaroos Wear Seatbelts?

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Publisher Comments:

This warm and whimsical picture book opens with a little boy eagerly anticipating a trip to the zoo as his mother straps him into his car seat. Like most toddlers, he would rather run free than wear a seat belt, ride in a stroller, hold Mommy's hand, or climb into her backpack. As they pass various animal exhibits, the little boy asks teasing questions, such as "If I were a monkey, would I have to wear a helmet?" Mommy's light-hearted responses reveal, in a bouncy cadence, how animal and human moms alike keep their rambunctious young ones close and safe.

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"This sentimental homily about how animal and human parents keep their children 'warm and safe and snug' may disappoint fans of Kurtz's Water Hole Waiting. The book begins promisingly, with a mother buckling her preschool boy into a car seat and calling him a 'bouncy kangaroo' as they head to the zoo. In a sepia-tone illustration, the boy imagines a kangaroo and her offspring riding alongside him, also sporting a seat belt. His mother then explains that a mama kangaroo carries her joey in a pouch, and the accompanying picture appears in full-color. But the animals smile like stuffed toys whether they are imagined by the boy or presented as denizens of the zoo. Immediately thereafter, the premise breaks down. Aside from the human mother carrying her child in a backpack like the 'bush baby [that] rides on Mama's back at night,' none of the other correlations between a human child's experiences and the animal world work. The rhyme and rhythm of the stanzas are also inconsistent, and the dialogue between mother and child stretches credibility. The quiet cheer of Manning's (The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches) illustrations underscores the book's edifying tone. When the boy asks, near the close, why his mother must go with him wherever he goes, she answers, 'All kinds of parents everywhere — / wet or dry, low or high,/ .../ do their best to take good care/ of their little ones,' and weights the book more toward didactic than entertaining. Ages 3-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

This whimsical picture book explores a classic parent-toddler conflict in a story about how animal and human moms are alike in keeping their rambunctious young ones close and safe. Full color.

About the Author

Jane Kurtz is the versatile author of novels, easy readers, and picture books, including Water Hole Waiting.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780525473589
Author:
Manning, Jane K.
Publisher:
Dutton Children's Books
Illustrator:
Manning, Jane K.
Illustrator:
Manning, Jane
Author:
Manning, Jane
Author:
Kurtz, Jane
Location:
New York
Subject:
Animals - Zoos
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Parent and child
Subject:
Social Situations - New Experience
Subject:
Children's Baby - Fiction - General
Subject:
Zoo animals
Subject:
Levi-Strauss, Claude
Subject:
Structural anthropology
Subject:
Social Issues - New Experience
Subject:
Zoos
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Zoos
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
15
Publication Date:
20050231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10.46x10.04x.45 in. .96 lbs.
Age Level:
02-05

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Do Kangaroos Wear Seatbelts? Used Hardcover
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Product details 32 pages Dutton Books - English 9780525473589 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This sentimental homily about how animal and human parents keep their children 'warm and safe and snug' may disappoint fans of Kurtz's Water Hole Waiting. The book begins promisingly, with a mother buckling her preschool boy into a car seat and calling him a 'bouncy kangaroo' as they head to the zoo. In a sepia-tone illustration, the boy imagines a kangaroo and her offspring riding alongside him, also sporting a seat belt. His mother then explains that a mama kangaroo carries her joey in a pouch, and the accompanying picture appears in full-color. But the animals smile like stuffed toys whether they are imagined by the boy or presented as denizens of the zoo. Immediately thereafter, the premise breaks down. Aside from the human mother carrying her child in a backpack like the 'bush baby [that] rides on Mama's back at night,' none of the other correlations between a human child's experiences and the animal world work. The rhyme and rhythm of the stanzas are also inconsistent, and the dialogue between mother and child stretches credibility. The quiet cheer of Manning's (The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches) illustrations underscores the book's edifying tone. When the boy asks, near the close, why his mother must go with him wherever he goes, she answers, 'All kinds of parents everywhere — / wet or dry, low or high,/ .../ do their best to take good care/ of their little ones,' and weights the book more toward didactic than entertaining. Ages 3-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This whimsical picture book explores a classic parent-toddler conflict in a story about how animal and human moms are alike in keeping their rambunctious young ones close and safe. Full color.
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