“Cod have codlings. Penguins have chicks. Moose have calves. Rabbits have kits.”

Kangaroos Have Joeys is a simple fact book with beautiful illustrations. Each page has an illustration of animal parents caring for their young along with a sparse rhythmic text. The book includes an extensive glossary that gives information about the animal, its mating habits, and when the baby animal officially reaches maturity.

Kangaroos Have Joeys is a perfect introduction to nonfiction for very young children. The glossary means that adults will be able to answer the questions that inevitably come from young children.

Twiggle Magazine has a baby animal rhyme and activity that would pair well with this story.

First School has some coloring sheets that feature parent animals with their children.

Themes: Animals, Family

Title: Kangaroos have Joeys
Author/Illustrator: Philippa-Alys Browne
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Barefoot Books (April 1997)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1898000220
ISBN-13: 978-1898000228

Perfect Picture Book List on Susanna Leonard Hill’s Website

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Author: Nessa

Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

11 thoughts on “Picture Book Review: KANGAROOS HAVE JOEYS”

  1. Beautiful blend of colors on the cover! Reminds me of art-stained glasses and sun-catchers. Definitely a visual treat! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  2. I adore books that can be read on many different levels: simple text and illustrations for little ones, but more information for older children. Thanks for this recommendation, Nessa!

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