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Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?

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Do animals have mothers, too?

Of course they do—just like me and you! From baby kangaroos, called joeys, to baby elephants, called calfs, every kind of animal has a mother. Inside this playful and colorful book you will see all sorts of different babies with their mothers, all with one thing in common: Their mothers love them very, very much—just like your mother loves you!
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 15th 2005 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2000)
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Erin R
Mar 28, 2014 Erin R rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
This is a simple book that asks readers a question every other page, following the format of the title. A different animal is substituted each time and a rhyme scheme is developed to keep the rhythm of the book flowing along. The book ends by tying the question back to the reader by saying “YES! YES! Of course they do. Animal mothers love their babies just as yours loves you”. This predictable format is what makes this a picture book and it is very easy for small children to follow along.

This bo
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Parents - don't do it to yourself, avoid this book if at all possible.

Mindnumbingly boring text - the same question and answer 12 times over.

The illustrations are typical Eric Carle - I'm not a fan of his illustrative style, but many other people love it.

The final page gives a list of the names of babies, parents and groups of the animals featured in the book. I remember loving these factoids when I was a child, but who can be bothered learning all the terms of venery when your an adult (the on
May 11, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smart
MART - interesting experience, with my 1st grade reader. Since I don't read Spanish, I told him we'd have to make up a story to go along with the pictures. He liked the animals that seem the strongest and most fierce. Making up a story with him was fun. We alternated pages. (He didn't believe it was about mother animals - even when I showed him the recognizable words.)
Mar 04, 2009 Kat rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008, picture-books
My 18-month old son LOVES this book. The repetition gets old kinda quick for adults, but toddlers love it, and that's enough for me to continue to read it to him and not hide it behind the bookshelf. Nodding "yes" was one of the first responses my son learned to give, and he was really excited that he knew what was coming in the book- he could nod that yes, whatever animal does have a mother, too. He would get very excited about that. I also like the little glossary in the back of the names for ...more
A little too long, it has nice pictures and introduces children to the concept that animals are part of families too.
English 212
Jun 04, 2015 English 212 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paige-2015
This book has animals in it which makes it easier for children to understand. There is not really a life lesson in this, but it tells us that all animals have mothers. At the back of the book however, it has all the names of the animals, babies, mother, fathers, and what a grouping of them is called, which is very informative for those who want to explore deeper, but is not on the pages, making it too much information for a small child who wants to look at the beautiful art and hear the same gro ...more
Martiah Rall
Oct 08, 2014 Martiah Rall rated it really liked it
Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother, Too? By Eric Carle is his 6th book out of 92. The book portrays a variety of animals showing both the mother and the baby in the environment that they live in. Some of the animals introduced are a kangaroo, lion, giraffe, and penguin. This book is good to read aloud to a kindergarten classroom or maybe first grade. It is very repetitive and was a little boring for me to read on my own but it wouldn’t be boring for a child! The colors are great and the story is fun ...more
Christen Tulli
Jul 27, 2014 Christen Tulli rated it really liked it
Shelves: edsl520
Category: Predictable Picture Book

Publication date: reprinted in 2005

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Themes/topics: Repetition, mother's love for child, animals and names of animals

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Yes, this book has soothing repetition as an anonymous child repeatedly asks whether different animals have mothers and hears the constant answer, "Yes! A _________ has a mother, just like me and you!" Yes, this would be a sweet book to read to a child. Yes, the ending is heart-warming when Ca
Apr 29, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it
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Stephany Hensley
Sep 24, 2015 Stephany Hensley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: k-4
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? is an adorable book for young children who are first being read to or learning to read. The book is about a kangaroo asking about other animals if they have moms, giraffes, dear, monkeys, dolphins, elephants, realizing that they all have mothers too. Its a book the teaches kids about animals and their similarities, that most can relate to having a mother too. Its dominant theme seems to be the love between a child and mother. I rated this book well because it i ...more
Dec 15, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Synopsis: "Of course they do -- just like me and you! From baby kangaroos, called joeys, to baby elephants, called calfs, every kind of animal has a mother. Inside this playful and colorful book you will see all sorts of different babies with their mothers, all with one thing in common: Their mothers love them very, very much -- just like your mother loves you! Come right in and meet the family -- the animal family, that is -- in words and pictures by Eric Carle."

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Paul Farbman
Mar 23, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kindergarten - First Grade
Shelves: eric-carle
Use of different fonts and collage within the text of this book makes it very unique.

The story begins on the inside cover page where the title is written out in colorful collage letters. The story begins on the next page by answering the title question utilizing collage in the words "yes" and "kangaroo". Each time the child asks about another animal, the question is differentiated from the answers by use of italics.

The text in this book is highly repetitive. For an older reader, the repetition
The repetitive nature of the story leads to child involvement. Does this animal have a mother? Yes- just like me and you. My 4-year-old loved it that every page was a question that she had to think about and she mostly answered, "I hope they do." and she answered herself when the next page revealed a picture of the mother and child with the words- yes.

It is very simple, with typical Eric Carle pictures. It managed to get my child talking about why all of these animals needed a mother and why sh
Claudia Bell
This is another colorful and informative animal book by Eric Carle. The illustrations are, as always, beautiful. The text is simple and definitely geared toward the youngest readers. It is a nice story to read aloud to a toddler and helps mother and child bond. For the somewhat older child there is additional information in the back of the book, which is especially nice if the mother reads to children of different age groups. The older children can learn what baby animals and their mothers are c ...more
World of Ink Network
Mar 24, 2015 World of Ink Network rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My daughter was assigned this book as her weekly book. We have read it a few times and just love it. The artwork is colorful and abstract. My daughter loves how each picture looks like something she could recreate with craft paper. The story is simple, sweet and is great for beginning readers as it has repetition of sight words on every page.

What I love about the book beside the above is how children get know the names of different animals, how every animal has a mother, and lastly, that all mot
This book was a good circular story. It is nice for beginning readers because it says. "Yes! _ has mothers. Does a _ have a mother too?" It is great for drilling those words or for helping the students to sound out those words. It is nice for practicing sight words.
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 1
Reading Level
Grade level Equivalent: 1.5
Lexile Measure: Not Available
DRA: 10
Guided Reading: F
Type of Book: Begining Reader Book
Animal Babies and Parent
Jan 14, 2013 Cathy rated it liked it
Toddlers love it. Parents hate it. :)
Christina Swain
Sep 04, 2014 Christina Swain rated it it was amazing
This is a very cute and family friendly picture book. It features various animals that portray a younger animal of its kind as well as a mother of the same breed. This book would be an excellent story to share with younger elementary aged children. However, I think it would be best for parents to share this story with their own children. This is because, in a school setting, children come from all different types of family structures. Therefore, to avoid any misunderstandings, it is best to read ...more
Neha Amin
Mar 06, 2014 Neha Amin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: authors
Review: This is a wonderful book. It can used for so many domains. It is a wonderful book for social and emotional development. It has similar types of illustrations that are in most Eric Carle books.

Eric Carle Facts: Eric Carle was an american born German born in New York. He returned to Germany due to family problems. He returned to the US in 1952 with $40 only in hand. He got a job as graphic designer. Bill martin, an author himself, noticed his work and got him into writing children's books.
Tony Montez
This book names a whole bunch of different animals and it is asking if all of these types of animals have mothers. Every animals named, the answer is, Yes (animal) has a mother, just like me and you. it names animals such as kangaroos, lions, penguins, swans, fox's, and all of the animals have mother too, just like me and you. It then asks at the end, so animal mothers love their babies? It responds with, Yes! Yes! of corse they do, Animal mothers love their babies just as yours loves you
Mar 15, 2012 Jeff rated it really liked it
In the spirit of Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See, Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear, and Panda Bear Panda Bear What Do You See, Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too uses a repetitive text and Eric Carle's delightful illustrations to flow through a menagerie of animal mothers all with the message that mother's love their children no matter what part of the animal kingdom they come from. A great story for early childhood!
Feb 14, 2012 Ruby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals-habitats
This book is great for toddlers and 2 year olds because of the repetition and just the lesson overall. At such a young age, children only have an idea of themselves and what is around them. It sparks their curiosity when they find out that there are animals who also have mommies who love their babies like their own mommy loves them. It is a great way to also learn about the different animals and their habitats as well as the names of certain baby animals. We are called babies when we are little ...more
Jul 07, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
My son turned four in November, he knows all his letters, and he is starting to be able to "read" simple words, especially if they are repeated frequently. Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? is a perfect book for him to start "reading". The bulk of the text repeats with every page turn -- the only change being the animal in question. Because he can recognize the animals, he can essentially "read" the entire book. That is pretty exciting for him.

If I didn't already love Eric Carle's artwork befo
Ja'kia Bryant
Dec 06, 2014 Ja'kia Bryant rated it liked it
Does a Kangaroo have a mother,too was written by Eric Cale. It is a book about that tells each of the animals that they have mothers. It starts with kangaroo and then move on to the next animal. At the end, it states that" all animals have mothers and they also love mothers just like us humans do".

This book is very fun and give us a sense of knowledge. It is a very creative book. It is illustrated by Eric Cale. In this book, Eric Cale used a watercolor paint on the animals and their environments
Sarah Sammis
Feb 04, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it liked it
Shelves: pc, read-in-2009
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle features twelve animals all illustrated in Carle's signature painted tissue paper style. The book teaches about animals and families through the repetition of a question: "Does a _____ have a mother, too?" The answer is of course, always yes.

For the parents who read the book aloud, it's thankfully short with the question only asked twelve times. It's a bit mind numbing to ask the same question again and again and it lacks the drama of the very si
Rosa Cline
Sep 25, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids
This was a board book and text was the exact same thing on each page except a different animal so a beginning reader with help could learn to read this on their own. The illustrations of course are wonderful as only Eric Carle can do. The story asks "Does a _______ have a mother too" and each page is a different animal and at the end says something like they all love you like I love you. A simple bonding "I love you" book.
Marela Carmenaty
Mar 11, 2016 Marela Carmenaty rated it liked it
Shelves: peer-in-class
The book is vey simple, it contains repetition, and questions with the answer "yes." The children will learn what the animals are called and what they call their babies in a list. The story contains more than one animal, perfect for children to learn and observe. The illustrations are luminous and colorful. Children can share this book with their mother and read aloud together. Great book for preschoolers.
Jen Goeden
Mar 01, 2010 Jen Goeden rated it really liked it
The story is about how very one has a mother and their mother loves them.

The book is long and in the shape of a rectangle. The endpapers of the book are very colorful. They look like paint brush stroke going all different directions. It looks like the background is painted a blue and then with all different color paint brush stroke all over. The title page, dedication page, and publication page are all into one, which this makes it hard to find what you need from these three pages. The page lay
Jane Njoroge
Mar 11, 2016 Jane Njoroge rated it it was amazing

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?
by Eric Carle
The story is age appropriate and involving.
Of course they do—just like me and you! From baby kangaroos, called joeys, to baby elephants, called calf, every kind of animal has a mother. Inside this playful and colorful book you will see all sorts of different babies with their mothers, all with one thing in common: Their mothers love them very, very much—just like your mother loves you.
Ashley Exford
I remember reading this book when I was younger. This book is a great book for young children that are interested in animals and want to know more. Little ones have questions like this that are asked in the book, and it can be answered by reading this book. Its an informational book about animals having mothers. I would let my future students read this book, because they could learn from it.
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more
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