Heart in the Pocket

Heart in the Pocket

by Laurence Bourguignon, Valerie D'Heur
     
 

In this tender tale about growing up, a young kangaroo learns that what’s familiar isn’t always what’s best.

Mama Kangaroo loves her little Jo-Jo very much, but it’s time for him to leave the safety of her pocket. But Jo-Jo is content where he is, even when Mama tells him about all the amazing things he could see and do if he were to

Overview

In this tender tale about growing up, a young kangaroo learns that what’s familiar isn’t always what’s best.

Mama Kangaroo loves her little Jo-Jo very much, but it’s time for him to leave the safety of her pocket. But Jo-Jo is content where he is, even when Mama tells him about all the amazing things he could see and do if he were to explore the world.

Sweet illustrations portray the young kangaroo’s fear of leaving his mother and the strong bond between mother and child.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Little Jo-Jo is no Runaway Bunny. He would much prefer to remain in the warmth and safety of his mother's pocket than to explore the world outside. When his mother asks if he wouldn't rather be like the wild wind, a bird that flies, a butterfly that frolics among the sweet flowers, or a lizard drawing in the sand, Jo-Jo professes he already enjoys these things nestled in her pocket, close to her heartbeat. When his mother lures him out and he discovers that her heart is not in her pocket but higher up, he is willing to take on the world for adventure. As for his mother, she will always hold his heart in her pocket. Here is a gentle and sweet story just perfect for sharing with little ones taking those first hesitant steps away from the security of mom. Watercolors in a soft neutral palette invoke the desert environment and the tenderness of Jo-Jo's mother. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3- A tale of separation anxiety, kangaroo-style. In a twist on Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942), Mama Kangaroo, who "loves her little Jo-Jo a lot, lot, lot," tries to coax him out of her pouch. She shows him the beautiful things around them, like a bird and a cloud in the sky, and asks, "Wouldn't you like to be a floating cloud?" Jo-Jo has no interest-he wants to stay warm and protected in her pocket. She eases him out little by little, however, and places him gently onto the ground so that the two can bound off together to explore the world. It's okay now, because Jo-Jo knows that Mama "will always hold his heart in her pocket." The gentle, well-crafted text is sweet, but not overly so. The watercolor illustrations have a soft palette dominated by yellowish tans and light blues, and expressively portray a wise and loving mother with her shy, slightly fearful child.-Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
From a Belgian author comes this utterly tender little story. "Mama Kangaroo loves her little Jo-Jo a lot, lot, lot." Mama shows him the wind and the birds and the butterflies and the desert flowers, encouraging Jo-Jo to leave her pouch and see things he has never seen. Jo-Jo feels safe and warm in her pocket, and doesn't want to leave. He wants to stay in her pocket forever where he can hear "his mama's heartbeat." Mama tells him her heart isn't in her pocket, and gently gets him to climb up to her heart, into her arms, and then she puts him down-on the ground, outside. They chase the clouds, side by side, and Jo-Jo realizes "she will always hold his heart in her pocket." The whole of this lovely growing-up tale unfolds in sweet, appropriately bouncy language; d'Heur's illustrations are simple, pale washes of color landscape and anthropomorphized, lightly sketched (and slightly silly) animals. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802853431
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Pages:
26
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Laurence Bourguignon is an author and editor at Mijade Publications in Belgium. Her stories for young readers have been translated into several languages.

Val�rie d'Heur worked in graphic design and advertising before she began writing and illustrating books for children. She has had several books published in Belgium.

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