Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Book Review: Kangaroo Clues by Margot Finke

Zebee here. I’m back with another wonderful book by Margot Finke. All of us here at the ‘V Zoo’ enjoyed her new book Rattlesnake Jam so much last week that we asked for more. She was very happy to give us one more story.
This one is called Kangaroo Clues and is, well . . . I’ll let Molly Martin and Jennifer LB Leese tell you all about it. Margot has a few things she wants to share too.

Thank you Zebee for sharing these reviews with all your readers. Kangaroo Clues is one complete story based on fact. Old Man Kangaroos DO act this way on occasion, to escape wild dogs. Join me at the bottom for some more goodies.

From - Molly Martin's Review Page - 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, Goanna, 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 dingoes were right behind. Into the water went Platypus and Old Man Kanga while Kookaburra laughed and Goanna hid. Galas screamed while Koala's encouraged Kanga on.
"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.

"Kangaroo Clues" by Margot Finke
Release: 2004
ISBN: 1876962011
Reviewed by Jennifer LB Leese

In KANGAROO CLUES, an illustrated picture book, children learn about Dreamtime and Old Man Kanga and how he beat dogs that were out to eat him. Readers will enjoy hearing about and seeing colorfully drawn pictures of kangaroos, kookaburras, platypus', frill-neck lizards, galas, koalas, and more. Mustafa Delioglu, the illustrator, put a lot of thought and particulars into each creature drawn. Each design adds charm and enchantment to the story.
Told in rhyme, this storybook is a new favorite in this reviewer's household. With Australian parentage, my children and I, thoroughly enjoyed Margot Finke's wondrous tale about Australia's outback and the animals that live there.
This book would work wonderfully in the classroom. Teachers could add this detailed and fun book to their lesson plans when teaching children about the world's countries. This reviewer highly recommends KANGAROO CLUES by Margot Finke.

A few words from Margot:

Wait until you see Kangaroo Clues - the artist lives in Turkey, speaks no English, and has no computer!!! But I had a wonderful English speaking Turkish friend who recommended him. He has work in many European galleries, and has illustrated many children's books.
My friend acted as interpreter for us, all via e-mail between the two of us, and visits to the artist's nearby studio. It all went seamlessly between the three of us. His illustrations are glorious - especially considering he had never seen most of the Aussie critters in this book. I sent reams of internet photo links to them, so he would get a really good look at each animal. It is my favorite among all 6 books.

More about Kangaroo Clues

Kangaroo Clues is available as an autographed CD from my Books page. Downloads are also available from the sites listed on my BOOKS page here.

Kids can also visit "Down-under Fun" to learn more about the Aussie animals in my books.

Well, I’m going to ‘hop’ right over to Margot’s site and grab a copy of this delightful and beautifully illustrated book, and check out all the fun facts. See you there!