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4.5 out of 5 stars
11


on 30 October 2005
The animals down on Buttercup farm are feeling uneasy. There's a new animal coming to the farm... a kangaroo! The problem is none of the animals knows what a kangaroo is, and so they dream up scenarios whereby each of their places on the farm would be redundant... what if the kangaroo gave milk for instance? ... what would become of the cow? The farmyard residents get so caught up in their 'what if-ing' that they don't realise all the baby animals have wandered off. Just as panic sets in, and the search is underway who should come bounding over but the kangaroo? Her special feature is then revealed... she's got a big pouch to carry babies in... and inside it are all the missing children of the farm animals!
A lovely story which is great for kids to think about the different things animals can do on a farm- a cow gives milk, a sheep wool etc. and to learn about baby animal names! They'll love it! The illustrations are top-notch too!
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on 6 December 2005
This is a very unusual story about a kangaroo who comes to live on a farm. Now the other animals have never seen or even heard of such a creature. What can a kangaroo do? they ask each other. But no one knows. So that's left to their imagination and each animal starts to believe that the kangaroo is going to take over his or her job. They become so worried about themselves that they do notice that some of the young ones have wandered off and disappeared. That adds to the chaos and a desperate search begins. Eventually all ends well as the true purpose of the kangaroo is revealed. She is a baby sitter, looking after the young ones and carrying them in her big pouch when they are tired. Of course, she is welcomed to the farm and everyone is happy. A superb picture book, very well written and the illustrations are fantastic!
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on 1 October 2017
It's actually about immigration, the fear of it, and the eventual acceptance! Did your kids get it? More pertinently, did you get it...?
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on 10 November 2005
The animals down on Buttercup farm are feeling uneasy. There's a new animal coming to the farm... a kangaroo! The problem is none of the animals know what a kangaroo is, and so they dream up scenarios whereby each of their places on the farm would be redundant... what if the kangaroo gave milk for instance? ... what would become of the cow? The farmyard residents get so caught up in their 'what if-ing' that they don't realise all the baby animals have wandered off. Just as panic sets in, and the search is underway who should come bounding over but the kangaroo? Her special feature is then revealed... she's got a big pouch to carry babies in... and inside it are all the missing children of the farm animals!
A lovely story which is great for kids to think about the different things animals can do on a farm- a cow gives milk, a sheep wool etc. and to learn about baby animal names! They'll love it! Te illustrations are top-notch too!
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on 11 April 2005
I gave this book five stars because it really deserves it. It seems to have all the ingredients that a picture book needs.The story line is original, the text very well written, and the illustrations are fantastic. It has a strong plot and the ending is a big, happy surprise. Young children will love the cute kittens and puppies, that's for sure!
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on 30 March 2005
This is a very unusual story involving farm animals and the arrival of a kangaroo. The latter causes panic and worry before it even meets with the animals who begin to think that this strange creature is clever enough to do all their jobs at once. But, of course, it doesn't. The cute illustrations combined with the simple text make this a beautiful and original picture book.
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on 26 March 2005
The book has plenty of suspense and it's quite amusing at the same time. It's simply and beautfifully written and the illustrations are a delight. Also it has a subtle and important lesson for both young and adult, and it's that ignorance can sometimes lead to unjustified prejudism.
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on 19 December 2016
Quite funny when you realise its taking the milk out of people who are anti-immigration but after a while it gets boring reading out the whiney animals lines.
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on 6 April 2005
A super little mystery with a surprise ending, funny and unusual. Young children will love it! And adults too!
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on 10 October 2014
This book clearly is a lesson in xenophobia... I was really shocked reading this to my 4 year old. Won't even be comfortable giving it to the charity shop. Maybe I can donate it to the EDL or UKIP for their party supporters to enjoy.
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