|Kangaroo for Christmas by James Flora.|
Originally published by Harcourt, Brace & World, 1962.
Reprinted by Enchanted Lion Books, 2011.
Little Sis adores Jim Flora's illustrations. His record album covers? She can look at books of those for hours. Kangaroo for Christmas was reprinted by Enchanted Lion Books a few years ago, so I leapt at the chance to pop a new copy in one of our Advent calendar bags this year.
The story itself is silly: a little girl gets a big present delivered to her house, courtesy of Uncle Diego. Out pops Adelaide, a big brown kangaroo. Kathryn hops on Adelaide's back, excited to show her off to Grandma. Of course, all sorts of mayhem ensues. It's light on Christmas, heavy on fun, and the illustrations are spectacular, of course. The book alternates between black & white and full color spreads, and both are equally awesome.
I captured this peaceful moment between bathtime and bedtime: the girls taking turns reading it aloud on the kitchen floor, while I worked on dishes.
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