Reviews for Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 January 2000
Ages 4^-6. Almost no author/illustrator over the past 30 years has played a more prominent role in the literary lives of preschoolers than Eric Carle. His large, inviting graphic animals have consistently delighted and taught children during early stages of development. This latest effort is no exception. The structure is appropriately simple. First, the question, "Does a Kangaroo have a mother, too?" followed on the next page by the answer, "Yes! A Kangaroo does have a mother! Just like me and you," along with a charming illustration of mother and offspring. The question is then repeated using a new animal--a giraffe, a swan, an elephant, etc.--12 animals in all. But in addition to simply introducing children to wildlife, Carle emphasizes the connection between humans and animals through portrayals of the mother-child bond of love; he also shows how humans bond to the natural world. The names of parents, young, and groups of each species are listed on the final page. ((Reviewed January 1 & 15, 2000)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2000 Fall
While readers will be drawn to Carle's illustrations of animal mothers and their children, brightly and lovingly executed as usual, the redundant text lacks any variation or interest. If some of the colorful animal names listed in the final note had been included (i.e., a baby kangaroo is a joey, its mother is a flyer, and its father is a boomer), it would have made for a more interesting read. Copyright 2000 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Fall
In the board book edition of the repetitive picture book, toddlers will be reassured that animals have mothers ""just like me and you"" and that their mothers love them just as ""yours loves you."" Carle's bold, graphic illustrations are successful in the smaller format, though the final text-only spread is a bit of a letdown: with no art, the closing words face a page of information about animal names (e.g., a baby kangaroo is a joey). Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2000 January #2
"YES! A kangaroo has a mother. Just like you and me," responds Carle to the query posed by the title of his latest collage-filled book. Ten additional, identically phrased questions and answers follow, each centered on a different animal, including the lion, penguin, swan, bear, elephant and monkey. This limited, singsong text may make reading aloud repetitious, but Carle's collages are as vibrant and refreshing as ever. Innovative textures, quirky perspectives and glowing, jewel tones mark these stylized images of affectionate animal mothers and their endearing young. The final query ("And do animal mothers love their babies?") breaks the narrative pattern, though the rejoinder is just as predictable: "YES! YES! Of course they do. Animal mothers love their babies, just as yours loves you." Though this will likely not be the perennial favorite among Carle's creations, it has an appealing twinkle. At book's end is a roundup of the specific names of each animal baby, its parents and group name (e.g., for sheep: the baby is a lamb, a ewe and ram are its parents, a group is a flock). Ages 3-6. (Jan.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2002 June #1
Board Book Bonanza Eric Carle offers a board book edition of Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? "Yes! A kangaroo has a mother. Just like me and you," reads the opening. "Does a lion have a mother, too?" Carle's signature collages punctuate the repetitive phrasing, which invite participation. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2005 March #4
Nearly a dozen animals are introduced, substituted into the titular question. "Carle's innovative textures, quirky perspectives and glowing, jewel tones mark these stylized images of affectionate animal mothers and their endearing young," said PW. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2000 April
PreS-A feast of color from the cutout letters of the title to the endpapers. The repetitious text is perfect for the toddler set. "Does a lion have a mother, too? Yes! A LION has a mother. Just like me and you." The text is repeated on every spread as the author showcases a dozen different animal mothers and their babies. The question, "And do animal mothers love their babies?" is answered on the last page: "YES! YES! Of course they do. Animal mothers love their babies, just as yours loves you." The vibrant artwork is classic Carle and should delight its audience. A concluding page lists terms for each animal baby, mother, father, and group. This book could be combined with Deborah Guarino's Is Your Mama a Llama? (Scholastic, 1989) for a great Mother's Day storyhour.-Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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