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Children's LiteratureA safety lesson gracefully, rather than fearfully, told. A young boy is strapped into his safety seat for a ride to the zoo. He begins to wonder how his mom would care for him if he were an animal. If he were a kangaroo, would she have to use a seat belt? "No," says his mom, explaining how a little joey is kept safely in his mama's pouch. As they observe the other animals at the zoo, the boy continues to question his mom. Would they need a stroller if he were a penguin? Would she make him wear a helmet if he were a monkey swinging around in the trees? His mom answers all his questions by explaining how all parents care for their children, though it may be in different ways. The text is written in rhyme and the playful illustrations will appeal to kids. One might quibble over the use of the term "prehensile" since most young readers will stumble over the word, but an adult can pronounce it and explain the meaning, which kids will probably find interesting. 2005, Dutton/Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 3 to 6.
—Carolyn Mott Ford