Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Some kids I know will be studying the culture of Australian Aboriginals this week in VBS. I wish I'd known about Kangaroo Clues soon enough to order a copy for them because it's the most informative book I've ever seen on the topic for young children.
The picture book tells a creative story about a kangaroo being pursued by dingoes. Will the roo be able to escape the pack of hungry animals?
The author, Margot Finke is an Aussie native. She incorporates the religious beliefs of the people from that culture and information about the other wildlife and the environment into the story in an entertaining way.
There are footnotes on many of the pages that give more factual information which will be helpful to older kids wanting to learn more about the culture.
The illustrations by Mustafa Delioglu capture the mystical and exciting feeling of the story very well.