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Polly Hopper's Pouch
     

Polly Hopper's Pouch

by Louise Bonnet-Rampersaud, Lucia Monfried (Editor), Lina Chesak (Illustrator)
 
Readers will love this endearing picture book, featuring an irresistible kangaroo, the rustic charm of the Australian outback, and, in the end, a marsupial bundle of joy.

Polly Hopper is a curious kangaroo. She can't help but puzzle over the many wonders of life. But the biggest mystery of all is why she has a "shopping bag" on her tummy. Finally, she does

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Readers will love this endearing picture book, featuring an irresistible kangaroo, the rustic charm of the Australian outback, and, in the end, a marsupial bundle of joy.

Polly Hopper is a curious kangaroo. She can't help but puzzle over the many wonders of life. But the biggest mystery of all is why she has a "shopping bag" on her tummy. Finally, she does realize what every little reader will already know-that her pouch is meant for a sweeter-than-sweet baby kangaroo.

The world depicted by talented newcomer Lina Chesak-Liberace is awash in nursery-soft watercolors and deftly drawn creatures. Full of adorable surprises, this is a comforting tale of curiosity, patience, and discovery.

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Polly Hopper is a kangaroo with a straw bonnet and an insatiable curiosity. She wonders why she can jump higher than the other animals, how far the field goes,and how many stars are in the sky. But mostly,she wonders why there's a shopping bag on her tummy; the other ladies she knows carry handbags. "What good is it?" Polly wonders, and listsall the things her pouch is not good for, like carrying library books or loaves of bread. Children will identify with Polly's curiosity and feel one-up on her conjectures as they watch her puzzle out what they already know- her pouch's real purpose. The watercolor illustrations, reminiscent of Beatrix Potter's work, add greatly to the book's charm with their anthropomorphic details: a koala bear sports a bow tie; a porcupine wears a bowler hat.
Kirkus Reviews
A winsome tale about an inquisitive kangaroo, with illustrations from a promising newcomer. Like a quintessential preschooler, Polly Hopper ponders the complexities of the world around her, from the mundane to the mysterious. The built-in "shopping bag"on her tummy gives the curious animal the greatest pause as she wonders at its purpose. Under the counsel of an older kangaroo, Polly strives to wait patiently for an answer to this perplexing riddle. Enlightenment comes with the birth of her first baby, Minny Hopper, revealing to Polly the perfect use for her special pouch. Bonnett-Rampersaud's text is sweet without being cloying. A winning blend of humor and tenderness, her gentle prose strikes just the right note for preschoolers who can relate to Polly's continual curiosity while simultaneously feeling wiser than the bewildered kangaroo. Chesak-Liberace's delicately hued watercolors are a continuation of the gentleness of the text. Softly drawn images, framed by an apricot-colored border, occupy the majority of each page with the text located underneath. The realistically rendered drawings offer young children an introduction to the fauna of Australia, as a veritable parade of very cute koala bears,emus, dingoes, and other inhabitants prance across the pages. A cozy tale that reminds little readers that good things can come to those who wait.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Even though "Polly Hopper was a curious kangaroo," and she goes to the library to check out books, she hasn't a clue why she's equipped with a very odd pouch. No other animals in the outback have one, and nothing of use seems to fit in it. "Her loaves of bread were too wide to fit in it. Her peaches got lost in the bottom," writes Bonnett-Rampersaud (My Nose Is Running). An old kangaroo tells her to stop wondering but never explains ("One day you'll know why you have that lovely pouch," he says). Sure enough, joey Minny Hopper arrives and fits in the space perfectly, convincing Polly that "It was a lovely pouch after all." Debut illustrator Chesak-Liberace's neatly framed, softly hued watercolors exude charming, understated warmth, and she perfectly captures the velvety quality of Polly's fur. But even three-year-olds will think it's odd that a mommy kangaroo doesn't know what a pouch is for, while Polly's ignorance and the elderly kangaroo's elusive words of wisdom may strike grown-up readers (especially women) as paternalistic. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Polly Hopper is a curious kangaroo. She wonders why she can jump so high, how many stars are in the sky, and where the trains go when they chug by. However, the thing she wonders about most is why she has "a shopping bag on her tummy." The other animal ladies carry handbags, but her pouch seems useless for carrying her library books, loaves of bread, peaches, or flowers. Her elders assure her that someday she will know what it is for and so she waits. At last, a baby kangaroo arrives to Polly and her charming husband and she decides that "This isn't a shopping bag after all.- It's a wonderful place to keep my baby safe and warm." Pleasant, anthropomorphized Australian animals are illustrated in cartoon-style, pastel tone watercolors, but they do not redeem the banal, condescending text.-Doris Gebel, Northport-East Northport Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525465256
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.42(w) x 10.78(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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