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Oct 29 2014

Captain Kangaroo saves the day by Mandy Foot

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Lothian, 2014. ISBN 9780734415141
(Ages 3-9) Highly recommended. It's been a long, hot, dry summer in the Aussie outback - and today its bushfire weather.
Captain Kangaroo knows what to do though, so he and the fireys spring into action to stop this fire from becoming a 'wopper'. Even with the local fireys, wombat, koala, emu, camel and possum assisting this fire may still not be put out. It takes the one person who taught Captain Kangaroo all he knows to come to help get this fire totally under control.
Captain Kangaroo saves the day is the latest instalment in the wonderful Captain Kangaroo series. Like all of the Captain Kangaroo books it is bursting with Australiana sayings, catch phrases and animals and is set completely in the Australian outback. Mandy Foot's illustrations wonderfully capture the colours of the Australian outback while also portraying the harsh destructiveness of a bushfire. Mandy also manages to create beautiful scenes on every page that have more going on than first meet the eye which lend to some wonderful discussion and early learners comprehension questioning.
Captain Kangaroo saves the day is a beautiful book that shares its mantle with other great Australian picture books such as Possum Magic, Edward the Emu, Bilby and the Bushfire and Mulga Bill's Bicycle with its wonderful Australian colloquialisms.
Steve Whitehead

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