Polly Hopper's Pouch

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Polly Hopper, a curious kangaroo, can't understand why she has a "shopping bag" on her tummy, but she soon learns that her pouch is meant for a baby kangaroo, in a comforting tale of curiosity, patience, and discovery.

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Even though "Polly Hopper was a curious kangaroo," and she goes to the library to check out books, she hasn't a clue why she's equipped with a very odd pouch. No other animals in the outback have one, and nothing of use seems to fit in it. "Her loaves of bread were too wide to fit in it. Her peaches got lost in the bottom," writes Bonnett-Rampersaud (My Nose Is Running). An old kangaroo tells her to stop wondering but never explains ("One day you'll know why you have that lovely pouch," he says). Sure enough, joey Minny Hopper arrives and fits in the space perfectly, convincing Polly that "It was a lovely pouch after all." Debut illustrator Chesak-Liberace's neatly framed, softly hued watercolors exude charming, understated warmth, and she perfectly captures the velvety quality of Polly's fur. But even three-year-olds will think it's odd that a mommy kangaroo doesn't know what a pouch is for, while Polly's ignorance and the elderly kangaroo's elusive words of wisdom may strike grown-up readers (especially women) as paternalistic. Ages 3-6.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

PreS-K-Polly Hopper is a curious kangaroo. She wonders why she can jump so high, how many stars are in the sky, and where the trains go when they chug by. However, the thing she wonders about most is why she has "a shopping bag on her tummy." The other animal ladies carry handbags, but her pouch seems useless for carrying her library books, loaves of bread, peaches, or flowers. Her elders assure her that someday she will know what it is for and so she waits. At last, a baby kangaroo arrives to Polly and her charming husband and she decides that "This isn't a shopping bag after all.- It's a wonderful place to keep my baby safe and warm." Pleasant, anthropomorphized Australian animals are illustrated in cartoon-style, pastel tone watercolors, but they do not redeem the banal, condescending text.-Doris Gebel, Northport-East Northport Public Library, NY

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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