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A sweet tale about not quite being part of the crowd.
The Lamb-a-roo - Diana Kimpton
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The Lamb-a-roo - Diana Kimpton
Advantages: gentle tale describing the love between parent and child.
Disadvantages: a bit too gentle in my opinion, but my son can't seem to get enough of it.
This is a book that has been loaned from both the school and local library on many occasions. For some reason, my youngest son is really drawn to this story. I can't put my finger on why, but I think he likes the warmth from it, and perhaps identifies a bit with the main character of the little lost lamb who doesn't really fit in as that is kind of what his own life has been like. Whatever the reason, he picks this gentle story regularly so that we can share it at home.
Lamb has been lost in the middle of no-where. He is discovered by a herd of kangaroos, and one of them adopts him as her little baby. Lamb is happy but is concerned that he is not like the other little lambs as he doesn't look or act like them, and this makes him a bit sad.
One day they come across an abandoned house, where the lamb discovers some springs from a mattress and starts to bounce around like the other kangaroos. However, at the same time, his Maaaa finds a wooly blanket and covers herself in it to look like her baby. Neither of them are left happy with this arrangement, so they go back to being themselves, which is ok as they love each other dearly.
To me, this is a really gentle story. There is not that much going on within it and it is not overly exciting once you have read it once in my opinion, which seems to be shared with my older son, who will listen but is not that bothered. My younger son however does not seem to get bored with it, and likes the relationship between these two creatures and is charmed by it.
The illustrations in this book are lovely, all highlighting the action in the story well. On some of the pages describing the lambs attempts to learn to bounce there are many littler illustrations which kind of remind me a little of a comic strip and it really helps give you the idea of what the text is trying to say.
The blurb describes this as "a heart warming tale celebrating diversity and love." This is a good description of what you find in this tale. For me, the message is, it doesn't matter what you are like, your family will love you as you are. Something that children will like to hear as they are experiencing the wider world and realising they are a little bit different from how they are at home.
Because of its reasonably short length and gentle moral tale, I feel it is best suited for children from about 3 to 5 years old judging by the reaction of my two children to it. It is well written, and while not the most exciting of tales, it does engage my son greatly each time we read it together.
Summary: A warm tale about family love and fitting in.