Do Kangaroos Wear Seat Belts?

Do Kangaroos Wear Seat Belts?Do Kangaroos Wear Seat Belts? by Jane Kurtz.  Illustrated by Jane Manning.  (2005) Reading Level: Ages 3-6. 32 pages. Dutton. ISBN:0525473580.

Do Kangaroos Wear Seat Belts? by Jane Kurtz chosen as a 2007 Kansas Reads to Preschoolers book.   And the book was nominated on the  2008-09  Georgia Picture Book Award List 

From the Publisher:
This warm and whimsical picture book opens with a little boy eagerly anticipating a trip to the zoo as his mother straps him into his car seat. Like most toddlers, he would rather run free than wear a seat belt, ride in a stroller, hold Mommy's hand, or climb into her backpack. As they pass various animal exhibits, the little boy asks teasing questions, such as "If I were a monkey, would I have to wear a helmet?" Mommy's light-hearted responses reveal, in a bouncy cadence, how animal and human moms alike keep their rambunctious young ones close and safe.

 

Reviews

"A perfect read for the pell-mell toddler who is sometimes frustrated by the safety measures imposed by loving adults".-- Kirkus

... playful and imaginative...A colorful and reassuring tale. -- School Library Journal

This gentle story about safety is done with watercolors and wood-block details and an upbeat rhyming text.  -- The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (full review)

...warm and whimsical picture book.... how animal and human moms alike keep their rambunctious young ones close and safe.  -- Book Kansas

 Selected as a Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Library - CML Kids Great Reads for April 2005 -- "The clever rhyming text will delight young readers and listeners."  -- CML Kids

Included in the Woonsocket (Rhode Island) Harris Public Library's short list of best new books for kids April/May/June 2005 -- A little boy longs to run free at the zoo and asks why he must wear a seat belt and ride in a stroller for safety. The animals don't. Or do they.  Mom explains how animal parents look after their young ones!"

This book reads like a transcript of the conversations that occur between me and my boys when we make our frequent trips to a Bay Area zoo. ...  Just read the story with your son or daughter and then take them to the zoo." -- "Some Entertaining Animal Antics" by David Ross in the Pasadena Star News