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.
"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