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Book Review: ‘Kangaroo Clues’ by Margot Finke

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Australian author Margot Finke’s new book Kangaroo Clues is a masterpiece. The picture book introduces the reader to the Australian outback.

The story is about a kangaroo named Roo being pursued by dingoes. Learning about Roo’s world is very fascinating. The icing on the cake is when the author introduces other wildlife from the Australian Outback.

I enjoyed learning about a kookaburra, an emu, a koala, an echidna, a frillneck lizard, a galah, a platypus, and a goanna. The footnotes explanations made it easy to understand fully the true nature of these interesting critters.

Ms. Finke provides the reader with many adventures, but more importantly, the reader learns about how tough life can be for these animals. She also made mention of religious beliefs of the people from the Aboriginal culture.

Two things stand out when reading this informative book:

  • Use of Language: It takes a very talented author to write in rhymes. Ms. Finke, in my opinion does a fabulous job. This is a big plus for children learning how to read. Teachers can use end rhymes to introduce children to new vocabulary. Here are some great examples:

A few dogs barked; they were safe on land.
None of them swam to give their mates a hand.

They soon slunk off, a beaten pack.
If they were smart they’d not come back.

As Roo leaped past the wattles and gums,
He planned a lesson for those outback bums.
The bush critters fled as Roo hopped past.
None of them wanted to be picked off last.

  • The artwork:The illustrations bring to life the Australian Outback. I have never been to Australia, but the pictures speak loudly to me. The mystical appeal of the illustrations transports me to a land of adventures and excitement.

Young readers will fall in love with this great book. So, if you are like me, and love providing your young reader with quality, well written books, you may want to get a copy of Kangaroo Clues.

To find out more of Margot Finke, visit her website

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About Nicole Weaver

Nicole weaver is an award-winning author. Her first trilingual book Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle was published in 2009. Her love for languages and other cultures resulted in publishing the award-winning book, My Sister Is My Best Friend which was published in 2011 by Guardian Angel Publishing. My Sister Is My Best Friend has won the following awards: 2012 Creative Child Awards Program consisting of moms and educators has awarded this book the 2012 PREFERRED CHOICE AWARD Kids Picture Storybooks category. 2012 Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval 2012 Children's Literary Classics Gold Award Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review Her newest book , My Brother Is My Best Friend was also published by Guardian Angel Publishing, January 2014.
  • susan Hornbach

    Great review Nicole, and another great book Margot! Wishing much success.

  • Penelope Anne Cole

    Hi Nicole, Nice review. I like Margot’s Wild and Wonderful series! Thanks for posting.

  • Karin Larson

    Looking forward to reading it. I love Margot’s books.
    Karin

  • Donna Shepherd

    Educational AND fun. Love that combo! Thanks for the review.

  • Pen Ink

    I always love Margot’s rhyming stories and i Love the artwork.
    Thanks, Nicole