Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?

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Of course they do — just like me and you! From baby kangaroos, called joeys, to baby elephants, called calfs, every kind of animal has a mother. Inside this playful and colorful book you will see all sorts of different babies with their mothers, all with one thing in common: Their mothers love them very, very much — just like your mother loves you! Come right in and meet the family — the animal family, that is — in words and pictures by Eric Carle.

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Overview

Of course they do — just like me and you! From baby kangaroos, called joeys, to baby elephants, called calfs, every kind of animal has a mother. Inside this playful and colorful book you will see all sorts of different babies with their mothers, all with one thing in common: Their mothers love them very, very much — just like your mother loves you! Come right in and meet the family — the animal family, that is — in words and pictures by Eric Carle.

Presents the names of animal babies, parents, and groups, for example, a baby kangaroo is a joey, its mother is a flyer, its father is a boomer, and a group of kangaroos is a troop, mob, or herd.

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Editorial Reviews

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For adult readers, the title question needs, of course, no answer, which is perhaps a pity because it deprives us of another excuse to enjoy Eric Carle's bountiful picture book about animal parents. Carle poses the same query about nine other species, including penguins, swans, and elephants, all of whom, surprisingly enough, do have mothers. This lighthearted, brightly colored picture book is a boon for preschoolers and everyone else who brims with expectation. An ideal read-aloud for expectant brothers and sisters.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"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 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
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.
Children's Literature
Children are fascinated with animals and are particularly intrigued by young animals and their mothers. Eric Carle uses animals to answer the age-old question of whether all mothers love their babies. An off-camera narrator repeatedly asks whether a particular animal has "a mother, too" again and again in this repetitive and comforting tale. After seeing one baby animal after another paired up with its mother, the all-important question is asked: "And do animal mothers love their babies, too?" True to form, the reader is reassured that all mothers love their babies, even mother animals. Carle's signature collages make this easy-to-read story much more than your typical beginning reader. His use of color and composition make this a book a must for every child's book collection. The back matter of this book offers more information on each animal mentioned. The name of the baby (e.g., lamb) and its parents (e.g., ewe and ram) are included as well as what a group of each animal is called (e.g., flock). Preschoolers will add these new words to their vocabularies as fast as they can hear them! 2000, HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 6.
—Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
From The Critics
Bold, colorful, texture-rich, playful illustrations make this a visual delight for youngsters. The playful question-and-answer text invites reading aloud. Repetition of key phrases can help preschoolers take first steps toward reading readiness. A page at the end provides the correct names of the animals, their offspring, and animal groups. Lots of fun. 2000, HarperCollins Children's Books, $16.95. Ages 3 mo. to 5. Reviewer: S. Kleven SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064436427
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/15/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 376,551
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle

Eric Carle is the creator of more than seventy picture books for young readers.

Eric Carle was born in New York, USA. However, when he was just six, he moved with his parents to Germany. In 1952, after graduating from the prestigious Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, he fulfilled his dream of returning to New York.

Eric Carle has received many distinguished awards and honours for his work, including, in 2003, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his lifetime contribution to children's literature and illustration.

In 2002, fifty years after Carle's return to the United States, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art was opened in Amherst, Massachusetts. Here visitors of all ages can enjoy, in addition to Eric Carle's work, original artwork by other distinguished children's book illustrators from around the world.

Eric Carle es el creador de más de setenta libros ilustrados para niños.

Nació en Syracuse, Nueva York, pero a los seis años de edad se trasladó con sus padres a Alemania. En 1952, tras graduarse de la prestigiosa Akademie der Bildenden Künste de Stuttgart, logró cumplir su sueño de regresar a Nueva York.

Ha recibido muchos e importantes premios y distinciones, entre ellos el Laura Ingalls Wilder Award en 2003, por su aportación global a la literatura y a la ilustración infantil.

En 2002, cincuenta años después de su regreso a los Estados Unidos, se inauguró en Amherst, Massachusetts, el Museo Eric Carle de Libros Ilustrados, donde se exhibe, además de la obra completa de Eric Carle, un buen número de originales de los más destacados ilustradores de libros infantiles del mundo entero.

Eric Carle is the creator of more than seventy picture books for young readers.

Eric Carle was born in New York, USA. However, when he was just six, he moved with his parents to Germany. In 1952, after graduating from the prestigious Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, he fulfilled his dream of returning to New York.

Eric Carle has received many distinguished awards and honours for his work, including, in 2003, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his lifetime contribution to children's literature and illustration.

In 2002, fifty years after Carle's return to the United States, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art was opened in Amherst, Massachusetts. Here visitors of all ages can enjoy, in addition to Eric Carle's work, original artwork by other distinguished children's book illustrators from around the world.

Eric Carle es el creador de más de setenta libros ilustrados para niños.

Nació en Syracuse, Nueva York, pero a los seis años de edad se trasladó con sus padres a Alemania. En 1952, tras graduarse de la prestigiosa Akademie der Bildenden Künste de Stuttgart, logró cumplir su sueño de regresar a Nueva York.

Ha recibido muchos e importantes premios y distinciones, entre ellos el Laura Ingalls Wilder Award en 2003, por su aportación global a la literatura y a la ilustración infantil.

En 2002, cincuenta años después de su regreso a los Estados Unidos, se inauguró en Amherst, Massachusetts, el Museo Eric Carle de Libros Ilustrados, donde se exhibe, además de la obra completa de Eric Carle, un buen número de originales de los más destacados ilustradores de libros infantiles del mundo entero.

Biography

Ever since he began innovating the look and function of children's stories in the late 1960s, Eric Carle has remained an author whose stories reliably hit the bestseller lists and remain on kids' bookshelves through generations.

He began as a designer of promotions and ads, and one illustration of a red lobster helped jump-start his career. The lobster caught the eye of author Bill Martin, Jr.; Martin asked Carle to illustrate the now-classic 1967 title Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and a career was born.

Born in Syracuse, New York but brought by his immigrant parents back to Germany when he was six, Carle was educated in Stuttgart and designed posters for the United States Information Center there after graduating from art school. He finally returned to the country he missed so much as a child in 1952.

He eventually began procuring work on children's titles, and found himself becoming increasingly involved in them. "I felt something of my own past stirring in me," he wrote in a 2000 essay. "An unresolved part of my own education needed reworking, and I began to make books -- books for myself, books for the child in me, books I had yearned for. I became my own teacher -- but this time an understanding one."

He began his career with the 1968 title 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo; but his next title, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is what still endears him to young readers today. Employing his bright, collage style and lending an immediacy to the tale by manifesting the caterpillar's hunger in actual holes in the pages, Carle began what would be a long career of creative approaches to simple stories. From the chirp emerging from The Very Quiet Cricket to the delightful fold-out pages in Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Carle's books provide surprises that make his stories come alive in ways that many titles for preschoolers do not.

Carle's style, with its diaphanous, busy and bold artwork, is perfect for engaging new readers. His stories are also popular with parents and educators for their introductions to the natural world and its cycles. It's a particular pleasure to follow Carle into different corners of the world and see what can be learned from the creatures who live in them.

Good To Know

Regularly asked where he gets his ideas, Carle is quoted on his publisher's web site as responding: "Of course, the question of where ideas come from is the most difficult of all. Some people like to say they get ideas when they're in the shower. That's always a very entertaining answer, but I think it's much deeper than that. It goes back to your upbringing, your education, and so forth." He does say, however, that the idea for The Very Hungry Caterpillar came when he whimsically began punching holes in some paper, which suggested to him a bookworm at work. His editor later suggested he change the bookworm to a caterpillar, and the rest is history.

Carle was unhappy to be in Germany when his immigrant parents brought him back there as a child. He hated his new school and wanted to go back to America. He said: "When it became apparent that we would not return, I decided that I would become a bridge builder. I would build a bridge from Germany to America and take my beloved German grandmother by the hand across the wide ocean."

Before he became a freelance illustrator and began working on children's books, Carle worked as a graphic designer for the New York Times and as art director of an ad agency.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 25, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Syracuse, New York
    1. Education:
      Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    My son turned four in November, he knows all his letters, and he

    My son turned four in November, he knows all his letters, and he is starting to be able to "read" simple words, especially if they are repeated frequently.  Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?  is a perfect book for him to start "reading".  The bulk of the text repeats with every page turn -- the only change being the animal in question.  Because he can recognize the animals, he can essentially "read" the entire book.  That is pretty exciting for him.
    If I didn't already love Eric Carle's artwork before, I would have after I saw the peace dove he created last December.  I already did love his work, however, so now I just have a deeper appreciation for it.  His illustrations are vibrant, textured, easily recognizable both for the subject and as being Carle's work, and virtually hum with life.  There is a reason why he has been illustrating so successfully for so long.  There is a reason why he is one of the most well-known names in children's literature today.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

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    Can you buy this for me too?

    This was purchased as a gift for a first child of friends. Our children have been read Eric Carle books since our firstborn over a decade ago. As a matter of fact, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has made it through all our kids - and though tattered and torn, continues to be a very very very beautiful favorite! Bravo again for Eric Carle!!

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Another Wonderful Eric Carle Book

    I bought this for a 2-1/2 year old as a gift. We had a wonderful time reading it together.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

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    Memorable Book

    These books are all so beautifully illustrated. I got this particular book for my niece. She just turned 1 and she loves to turn the pages and look at the pictures. I purchased it for her because it just reminded me of those few books you remember from childhood. I wanted it to be a book that she keeps for a long time and I think it will be. The pages are thick so her little fingers can grasp them and they will last through many years of reading. I also really like the information in the back about what a female, male and child of each animal are called. It was fun for me to read too! :) It also has a cute message, helping kids understand a mother's love is forever. Overall I think this book is a wonderful choice if you are looking for a book that your child or another child will remember having read to them for their entire life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2000

    Fun book for toddlers

    This is a really basic book good for learning animals and keeping kids involved. It has big, bold, pretty pictures of various animals with their babies. Each page asks if this animal has a mother and the answer is always YES! and repeats itself. Kids love to take part in books and this is good for that. This would be a great book for kids who don't like reading yet, to get them involved. It ends with a message about mothers loving their children. It's simple, sweet and fun, with great art.

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