Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?
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Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  1,431 ratings  ·  107 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 15th 2005 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2000)
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Erin R
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...more
Jack Kirby and the X-man
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...more
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
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Paul Farbman
Mar 23, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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
Neha Amin
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....more
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...more
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!
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
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...more
Sarah Sammis
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...more
Jen Goeden
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...more
Rubi Herrera
I've liked other Eric Carle books better, but it's still good....
As they said the question and answer text does invite children to participate in the reading...and the last line was cute :)
I espeically liked the little facts about the animals at the end of the book, it gave me an idea ;)
Eric Carle is such a gifted artist that I would recommend any of his books for story time. The pictures in this book are bright and tender and the kids, predictably, loved them. The text is very simple and repetitive - asking if a particular animal has a mother, too - and then turn the page for the answer, "Yes! A has a mother. Just like me and you." The kids at story time would try and answer the question each and every time. Some even answered, "no" all the way through the book. It was wonderf...more
Jessica Judd
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? Is a predictable reader that features many different animals and their babies. The text on each page stays the same with the exception of the animal names. Students will enjoy the way each animals names is bright and colorful. The illustrations are beautiful and will catch all the chidren’s eyes. At the end of the book, there is a glossary of all the animal, baby, and group names.

Possible Activities:

Play a game to match all the baby’s names to the names of the...more
Cordellya Smith
If you child is already in school, he or she is to old for this book. It is cute, but was clearly written for the preschool audience. Half way through the book tonight, my six year old asked, "Mommy, are they going to go through the whole zoo?"
Meg McGregor
Little ones will love this book with its one-of-a-kind illustrations by Eric Carle. The repetitive text will help them with sentence structure!
Originality: 5
Illustrations: 5
Story: 3
Educational: 2
BooBoo: 3

I cannot recommend this book. I am troubled by the language. Since this book is read to our little one several times a day it is important that the language be correct. I'm not happy that the words you and me are used (as opposed to you and I). Also, (I could be wrong about this) I don't think a sentence should end in the word too.

I am not suggesting that I have a superior grasp of the English language. But I do want to properly teac...more
Another wonderful Eric Carle book. Each page begins, "Does a ______ have a mother, too?" The answer is, "Yes, a ______ has a mother just like you and me." This is quite satisfying for young readers.

At the end is the kicker question, "Do animal mothers love their babies?" Of course!

The very end gives a short blurb about each animal that names what the animal baby is called, its mother and father, and what the collective noun for a group of that animal is.

To top it all off, Carle's paintings are a...more
Repetitive book about animals and their mothers.
I really adored this book and so did my class =)
Curtis Edmonds
Carle, dude. What else did you want to know?
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?
Eric Carle
Grade: K
> Shows that animals have parents

A GPS science standard for Kindergartners is that they are able to identify pictures and animal parents and their offspring. This book helps to builds a foundation with the students in the class that animals have parents as well. The back of the book reviews the animals in the book and the correct name for the baby animal (i.e. Lion and cub). Moreover it helps students to also begin classifying anima...more
I've read a few book by this author now.
(The Tiny Seed ,From Head to Toe, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, Have You Seen My Cat?)
I'd have to say I like this one better than the tiny seed and have you seen my cat but not as much as I liked 10 little rubber ducks.
My daughter was more interested in saying babies then what I wanted her to say which was point to them and say mother kangaroo or whatever animal it was at 29 month old.
I like it but not enough to buy it for her collection.
Samantha Weatherford
Love the illustrations! Like all Erc Carle books they are mosaic type with bright colors and animals. The story is predicatble, and great for begginning readers, especially pre-k-k grades. the pictures tell what the text to the left of the spread is talking about and the words are all the same throughout the book other than changing the animal it is asking about. It is a great book for teaching word to text recognition as well as good read aloud.
Even though these books are for really small children like infancy to Kindergarten, I love simple books like these. They are something that never gets old and they are always lesson learning. I try to think of things that even really young children can relate to even if they can read yet, it still sticks and the illustrations are always intriguing. I feel like even if this is on a reading wall it will never get old. Great book, all Eric Carle!
Kia M.
The illustrations in this book were really nice and colorful. I really love the fact that this book contained a glossary about animals and the different names they have. One definition was that a baby bear is called a "cub," the mother bear is called a "sow," the father bear is called a "boar," and a pack or group of bears are called "sloth." So this would definitely be a great book for science, or language arts (compare/contrast).
This book has Eric Carle-esque illustrations of all of the animals in question throughout the book. He goes through common zoo animals asking whether they have mothers, just like we do. They all do! And at the end, he reminds us that the animals all love their babies just as our mothers love us. It is short and sweet and good to read to small kids who are learning about animals. It could be successful in a read aloud setting.
Normally, I think of books with this easy of text as "baby" books for toddlers and infants. Once I realized this book fit into that category, I was about to put it down, but then I noticed that my kids started snuggling up closer, entwining their arms with mine, sighing. Kids need to hear about things they love, like their mothers and fathers, and simple simply isn't an issue when it comes to the simplicity of love.
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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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