Laurence Bourguignon Heart in the Pocket

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Heart in the Pocket

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In this tender tale about growing up, a young kangaroo learns that what's familiar isn't always what's best.

Mama Kangaroo loves her little Jo-Jo very much, but it's time for him to leave the safety of her pocket. But Jo-Jo is content where he is, even when Mama tells him about all the amazing things he could see and do if he were to explore the world.

Sweet illustrations portray the young kangaroo's fear of leaving his mother and the strong bond between mother and child.

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PreSchool-Grade 3—A tale of separation anxiety, kangaroo-style. In a twist on Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942), Mama Kangaroo, who "loves her little Jo-Jo a lot, lot, lot," tries to coax him out of her pouch. She shows him the beautiful things around them, like a bird and a cloud in the sky, and asks, "Wouldn't you like to be a floating cloud?" Jo-Jo has no interest—he wants to stay warm and protected in her pocket. She eases him out little by little, however, and places him gently onto the ground so that the two can bound off together to explore the world. It's okay now, because Jo-Jo knows that Mama "will always hold his heart in her pocket." The gentle, well-crafted text is sweet, but not overly so. The watercolor illustrations have a soft palette dominated by yellowish tans and light blues, and expressively portray a wise and loving mother with her shy, slightly fearful child.—Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY
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