Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Kangaroo Clues


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.


8 comments:

Penelope Anne Cole said...

Hi Jan, good review and info. about how to use this book. I was surprised about how true-to-life it was. Great artwork, too.

Susan Hornbach said...

Another great book by Margot Finke. Thanks for the informative review Jan.

Nicole weaver said...

Jan,

Thanks for the review. I too, will be doing a review. I love all of Margot's books; she is a very talented author!

nicole Weaver
http://nicole-weaver.com

Margot Finke said...

Thank you so much for your review, Janet. The aboriginals say that Old Man Roo will sometimes do this, if there is a billabong close enough for him to reach in time. And you can read more fun facts (noted on the back cover)about ALL the Aussie critters in my books on "Down Under Fun." http://myplace.frontier.com/~mfinke/Down-Under.htm#you

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thanks to Penelope, Susan and Nicole for the nice comments.

Margot, You're welcome and I appreciate the additional information in your post.

Margot Finke said...

My pleasure, Janet. This was my very first book. It came out originally as an ebook only - way back when ebooks were going nowhere (grin) It was always one of my favorites, especially the wonderful illos, and thanks to Guardian Angel Publishing, is now out in both ebook and soft cover. I am forever grateful for Mustafa's agreeing to illustrate Kangaroo Clues me. I hope this time around there will be enough sales to repay his generosity
and talent.

Janet Ann Collins said...

Margot, it sounds like you were ahead of the times, but the world is catching up with you. I hope the book sells well.

Margot Finke said...

Thank you Janet. Also thanks to all you lovely people for your kind words, and also for your very nice and helpful review.