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What Shall We Do, Blue Kangaroo? - Emma Chichester Clark

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Emma Chichester Clark / Hardcover / Reading Level: Baby-Preschool / 32 Pages / Book is published 2003-05 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers

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      18.05.2007 09:11
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      Shows kids that it can be rewarding to do things by themselves sometimes.

      ***Background*** Following the very lovely Christmas story called Just For You Blue Kangaroo, my son was dying to get his hands on more books in the series by Emma Chichester Clark. This author doesn’t just write this series of books but illustrates them too and there are quite a few book in this series for you to choose from. ***The Story*** The story starts, “Blue Kangaroo belonged to Lily. He was her very own kangaroo. Sometimes, when Lily didn’t know what to do next, she would say, ‘What shall we do, Blue Kangaroo?’ But Blue Kangaroo didn’t know, so he said nothing.” The story then follows Lily through her day as she goes to ask other’s help to do things for her. First of all there is Aunt Florence, who loves to paint. Unfortunately she is too busy to draw the dinosaur that Lily would like and Lily decides that she’ll just have to do it by herself. Blue Kangaroo thinks how clever she is. Next she asks Aunt Jemima to help her make a picnic but she is busy too so Lily takes all her toys out in a wheelbarrow and sets them out with some tea, and again Blue Kangaroo is impressed that she has done it all by herself. Lily later asks her mother to read but her mother is helping to wash the car and suggests that Lily reads it by herself. Lily isn’t very sure whether she will manage but gives it a go and finds out she can. Blue Kangaroo really enjoys being read to. When the rain starts Lily asks for help to bring in her toys but she again has to do it by herself and brings them all in. She sets them on the radiator to dry but one is missing and she hasn’t noticed. At night when she is asleep, Blue Kangaroo decides to go and rescue Tiny Teddy and sets him beside the radiator too. In the morning Lily realises that Blue Kangaroo is wet and wonders what he has been doing. When she goes downstairs she sees Tiny Ted and the story ends with, “Lily kissed Blue Kangaroo’s damp nose. ‘You are clever, Blue Kangaroo!’ said Lily. ‘What would I do without you?’ Blue Kangaroo didn’t know, so he said nothing. ***The Illustrations*** The drawings in the book are delightfully realistic and Lily is brought to life in a really charming way. I love the way that Blue Kangaroo is shown in a little circle at the bottom of the page when he is thinking about how well Lily is doing things all by herself. ***My Thoughts*** I had heard of Blue Kangaroo briefly through other reviews but hadn’t seen any of these books until the Christmas story that we borrowed from the library. Since then my son has asked about this series and we have been constantly looking out for more books for him to borrow. He was overjoyed when we noticed this one the last time we were there and got very animated about it. This book is great at showing children that it is possible to do things by themselves if they would only just try. Sometimes they might find it a bit tricky but with perseverance they will find that they don’t actually need help all the time. Of course it is still lovely to be able to share some special time with your child, reading a book or playing a game, but as every parent knows, you still have things to get done round the house and there are times when it’s just impossible to cater to everything your child wants to do. I’ve often found myself suggesting to my son that he take his favourite bunny and play games with his toy instead of with me, so he was able to associate this with Lily in the book and it’s helped him realise that all children have to play on their own sometimes. My favourite bit in the story is when Lily’s father is trying to get the baby to sleep but he keeps crying. Lily then tells her father that she will read to him and this makes her father very proud of her when she manages to get the baby to go to sleep. This really is a lovely book and I’ll definitely be looking out for more in this series. ***Other Blue Kangaroo Books*** Just For You, Blue Kangaroo! I Love You, Blue Kangaroo Where Are You, Blue Kangaroo? Happy Birthday To You, Blue Kangaroo It Was You, Blue Kangaroo! I’ll Show You, Blue Kangaroo! ***Price and Availability*** The price on the back on this hardback is £5.99 but you can get it for only £4.08 from DVD.co.uk. ISBN No. 0007161948

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