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~ Does a kangaroo have a mother, too?~
This doesn't really have a story line as such, it's more of a question and answer book.
It begins with;
'Does a kangaroo have a mother, too?'
Yes! A kangaroo has a mother just like me and you.'
'Does a lion have a mother, too?'
and so on, going through the following animals:
It ends with the question: 'And do animal mothers love their babies?'
'YES! YES! of course they do. Animal mothers love their babies just as yours loves you.
~ Illustrations ~
As an adult, I admire Carle's colourful illustrations just as much as the children I read his books to.
All of the illustrations are set against a white back-drop making them stand out.
His illustrations have a collage-effect. He paints over coloured tissue paper with acrylic paint using either his fingertips, brushes or sponges.
Each animal is beautifully portrayed with one or more of it's offspring depending on the animal.
~ Style, Format, Content and Educational Value ~
This is a very simple text which introduces young children to a wide range of animals and their young.
I particularly like is the page at the back of the book which acts as a reference for any adult unsure of certain animal babies, parents and groups of animals, e.g. I never knew that a group of giraffes was called a tower as well as a herd.
It breaks each animal down in to baby, mother, father and group. This is in small text and is great for discussion and extending children's knowledge.
The repetitive text is great for encouraging children to participate in the story and useful for emergent readers.
The text itself is large and very eye-catching to the reader. The name of each animal is shown in capitals and in coloured lettering whereas the rest of the text is in black. The question is in italic, the answer in standard font style.
From a PSE level it's a good basis for a discussion about love and caring for their young. If you teach young children just watch out for the issues like children who perhaps have an absent mother etc.
There is also simple rhyme in this book which is great for initial rhyme recognition.
This book is suitable for any age from 12 - 18 months upwards.
~ Price ~
My paperback, ISBN: 0-00-710616-5 was £5.99 but it's worth checking out the amazon for used and new books:
paperbacks from just 1p
boarbooks (particularly good for very young children) from 9p
hardcovers from £1.50
~ Eric Carle ~
Eric Carle is a prolific writer and illustrator of children's picture books which have huge appeal and have been translated in to many different languages.I have listed just a few of his hugely successful books:
The very hungry caterpillar
Slowly, slowly, slowly said the sloth
The very busy spider
The bad-tempered ladybird
From head to toe
The very quiet cricket
Draw me a star
This isn't as a great story book like some of Eric Carle's publications but it certainly has it's educational value with young children.
Meet the little joey whose Kangaroo mother carries him in her pouch, and the cygnet who rides on the back of the mother swan, just two members of Eric Carle's animal family. Animal babies with their caring and affectionate mothers come to life in Carle's vibrant collage. The playful question and answer text invites children and adults to read aloud together. Repetition of key phrases helps preschoolers take the first step towards reading readiness. The gamelike format makes it easy to discover more about the world of nature and to learn the common names of some familiar - and not-so-familiar - animals. At the back of the book there is a special page listing the correct, but sometimes surprising names of animal babies, their parents and groups.