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I love you, Blue Kangaroo!
Chichester Clark, Emma.
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Physical Description:
1 volume of print-and-braille : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
When Lily's relatives give her lots of new stuffed animals, Blue Kangaroo fears that he will be replaced in her affections.
General Note:
Text in Braille and English.

Reprint. Originally published by Dragonfly Books, New York, 1999.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 29463.

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PIC. BK. Print Braille Central Closed Stacks

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When Blue Kangaroo feels misplaced by Lily's new toys, he wonders if she would even notice if he were gone? A heartwarming and comforting tale of sibling rivalry, loyalty, and lasting love, I Love You Blue Kangaroo is a Child Magazine Best Kids' Book of the Year.

Author Notes

Emma Chichester Clark was born in London, England, but grew up in Ireland. In 1975 she went back to England to attend the Chelsea School of Art in London. After completing her undergraduate degree, she enrolled at the Royal College of Art for her master's degree. She was approached by an editor at London publisher Bodley Head to illustrate for her first children's book entitled, Listen to This.

Clark is considered one of England's most distinguished picture book creators. She has written and illustrated many of her own picture books while also creating accompanying artwork for numerous stories, picture books, anthologies, and retellings by other writers, including Roald Dahl. In her own books, which include Up in Heaven, The Story of Horrible Hilda and Henry, and the award-winning I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!, she features child, adult, and animal characters in humorous situations that provide realistic portrayals of human feelings and failings. Clark was also a visiting lecturer at Middlesex Polytechnic and City and Guilds School of Art, 1984-86. She had an exhibition of her illustrations at the Thumb Gallery, England, 1984 and 1987.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. Lily loves her stuffed blue kangaroo, but when she begins acquiring other plush toys--Wild Brown Bear, Green Crocodile, Yellow Cotton Rabbit--her old buddy is forgotten. Crowded out of the bed, Blue Kangaroo makes his way to the bedroom where Lily's brother sleeps and is welcomed with delight. It's not hard to guess what happens the next day when Lily sees Blue Kangaroo in the arms of her baby brother. The surprise comes when Lily finds a way to make it up to her old stuffed friend and also keep her brother content. The cheerful pictures in blooming colors evoke a childhood scenario that can open the way for parent-child discussions of selfishness and generosity. They are warm without being too sweet, and the cameos showing Blue Kangaroo growing ever more alarmed as he's pushed aside add a touch of poignant comedy. --Stephanie Zvirin

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this warmhearted story of a faithful toy, a girl acquires a menagerie of stuffed animals but declares the first her favorite. Blue Kangaroo, who belongs to Lily, is an aquamarine-hued plaything with a faint smile on his long, pointy face. "Every night, Lily said, `I love you, Blue Kangaroo!' And Blue Kangaroo fell fast asleep in Lily's arms." This special, one-to-one relationship changes when family and friends begin to bring gifts for Lily, including Wild Brown Bear and Yellow Cotton Rabbit. Lily's good-night list expands to include each arrival, but readers will notice that Lily subtly distinguishes her blue pal from the rest. Even though he still hears the title phrase, Blue Kangaroo worries that he's been replaced. Clark (Little Miss Muffet's Count-Along Surprise) uses authoritative colored-pencil outlines and summertime-bright watercolors to evoke sympathy for the kangaroo in busy family scenes. As Lily cuddles her presents (none of which displays her kangaroo's attentiveness), her baby brother grabs for the lonely toy. In the end, though, Lily would rather donate all her other toys to her brother than part with Blue Kangaroo. Clark considers jealousy from several angles, exploring Blue Kangaroo's feelings and Lily's possessiveness. The reassuring message is that newcomers don't have to displace best friends, but sometimes even buddies need to be reminded that they matter. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-A heartwarming story of a little girl and her beloved stuffed animal. As Lily begins to accumulate an assortment of stuffed toys from relatives and friends, Blue Kangaroo begins to feel rejected. When at last the child's bed becomes too crowded, Blue Kangaroo rolls out and hops down the hall and into the baby's crib. When the baby delightedly claims him the next day, Lily offers her brother all of her other animals in return for Blue Kangaroo. A wholly satisfying story of the bond between a child and her favorite animal, enhanced by large, expressive watercolors.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.