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Review of <i>Pouch!</i> by David Ezra Stein

Title

Review of Pouch! by David Ezra Stein

ISBN

9780399250514

Publication Date

2009

Publisher

G.P. Putnam's Sons

City

New York

Disciplines

Library and Information Science | Modern Literature

Keywords

Children's literature, reviews

Review

His insatiable desire to explore is constantly at odds with baby kangaroo Joey’s love of the warmth and safety of his mother’s pouch. Each time he leaves to explore, he gets a little farther away, but meets a new, unknown creature which sends him back to the pouch in fear. Finally, he meets another baby kangaroo and together they discover that the world isn’t so scary after all. The highlight of this book is the illustrations. They are simple and reminiscent of a child’s own drawings, but full of energy and life. Jumping off the page, the illustrations engage and reader and listener to stay interested in the plot and characters. The theme of growing up and breaking away from parents is clear and can be helpful to parents trying to instill qualities of gradual maturity and independence in their children. This book could also be used in the classroom for similar reasons or to supplement studies on Australia or kangaroos. Recommended. Kaitlin Start, Centennial Library Intern.

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