Hello, Mama Wallaroo

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From the author/illustrator team behind MEET THE MEERKAT; HELLO, BABY BELUGA; and HELLO, BUMBLEBEE BAT, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor Book, comes a simple yet informative introduction to a kangaroo-like animal from Australia, the wallaroo.

In question and answer format—perfect for read-alouds or story hours—readers learn basic facts about wallaroos: where they live, what they eat, when they sleep, etc. Patricia J. Wynne observed wallaroos at the Miller Park Zoo in Illinois ...

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Overview

From the author/illustrator team behind MEET THE MEERKAT; HELLO, BABY BELUGA; and HELLO, BUMBLEBEE BAT, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor Book, comes a simple yet informative introduction to a kangaroo-like animal from Australia, the wallaroo.

In question and answer format—perfect for read-alouds or story hours—readers learn basic facts about wallaroos: where they live, what they eat, when they sleep, etc. Patricia J. Wynne observed wallaroos at the Miller Park Zoo in Illinois to create the realistic yet kid-friendly illustrations. Back matter includes a few extra facts not included in the main narrative.

The clear, concise language and large font and generous spacing of text will encourage emerging readers to tackle the story on their own.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Mama Wallaroo answers curious questions with facts about herself and how she lives. On each page, a question in large print is answered in smaller print. On the opposite page of each spread is an artfully-detailed illustration in watercolors, ink, and colored pencils. Mama Wallaroo explains that wallaroos are a kind of kangaroo, and she describes her physical features. She explains that she lives in Australia, grazes on grass, and hops from rock to rock. When asked about her fears, she explains that she is afraid of dingoes because they try to eat her. She tells about her baby in her pouch and how they both sleep during the day. A peaceful and sweet illustration shows the mother and baby as they are sleeping. Several pages of smaller text at the end of the story provide more facts about the baby walloroos, called joeys. Their stages of growth are described and some additional information is provided. This interesting and educational book would be pleasant to read aloud to young children; its simple style and pleasant illustrations make it a good story to read at bedtime. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
Kirkus Reviews
Preschoolers may think they know about kangaroos, but have they ever heard of or seen a common wallaroo, a kind of kangaroo? In this simple informational text, they get to meet one and conduct an interview with her. Lunde and Wynne have used this format in three previous books (Hello, Baby Beluga, 2011, etc.), and it is an effective way to convey basic facts such as: "[W]here do you live?" (Australia); "what do you eat?" (grass); and "what do you fear?" (dingoes that try to eat her). With the circle of life alluded to--and the very youngest naturalists need not worry, as Mama Wallaroo hops away when she sees dingoes--they next get to ask what is in her pouch (a baby). The questions appear in large type, with Mama's responses set off in smaller type. Mama and her habitat are realistically depicted in pencil, ink and watercolor illustrations that have plenty of "awww" power. The last spread notes that there are "about fifty different kinds of kangaroo-like animals in Australia" and provides a few more details about joeys and male wallaroos. Tots who have enjoyed the earlier titles with find this a satisfying introduction to an animal whose name they will also love repeating. (Informational picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570917974
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD220L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Darrin Lunde has worked as a mammalogist at the American Museum of Natural History and at the Smithsonian Institute. His work has brought him into contact with all kinds of animals, big and small, throughout the remote forests of South America, Africa, and Asia where he camped for months at a time to survey species diversity and to discover new species. He is the author of HELLO, BUMBLEBEE BAT, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor Book, AFTER THE KILL, and other books about animals. He lives in Washington, DC.

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