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Library : Book Reviews > I Love You, Blue...

I Love You, Blue Kangaroo
By Emma Chichester Clark

Review by: Yvonne Gaudet

     This adorable tale is about a little stuffed blue kangaroo, who is owned and loved by a little girl named Lily. Every night, at bedtime, Lily would say, "I love you, Blue Kangaroo!" and Blue Kangaroo would fall fast asleep in Lilyís arms. Then one day, Lilyís aunt brings her a wild brown bear, and at bedtime Lily takes them both into bed and says "I love you Brown Bear...and I love you Blue Kangaroo!" Blue kangaroo couldnít sleep to well that night. The following week Lily receives a yellow rabbit, and poor Blue Kangaroo finds himself having to share, not only the bed, but Lily as well! Blue Kangaroo barely sleeps after this! Each time Lily receives another gift, like the two puppies from Uncle George and the green crocodile from her birthday party, Blue Kangaroo has to share again. Finally Lilyís bed is so full that Blue Kangaroo falls onto the floor, he decides there is no more room for him in Lilyís bed, so he goes to the babyís room to sleep. "Goo goo, boo Gangaloo!" the baby says as he hugs Blue Kangaroo and falls asleep. The following day Lily canít find Blue Kangaroo and when she sees the baby playing with him she becomes upset. Her mother tells her that surely her brother can have just one of her toys, as she has so many, so Lily goes inside to get the baby a toy. Lily comes out with a handful of toys, and tells her brother, "You can have all of these stuffed animals, but no one can have my Blue Kangaroo!" That night the babyís crib is full of toys, but in Lilyís bed lays one happy kangaroo. "I love you, Blue Kangaroo!" Lily says and together they fall fast asleep once more! 
      I recommend this book for ages 2-6 and all early readers. My son loved it, and was able to read most of it himself! The pictures are adorable and the story line is fun and somewhat repetitive, which helps children to begin to recognize words. This is a perfect bed time story for your Lily, or even your Luke, Iím sure they will make this a favorite.

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