The Very Boastful Kangaroo
The Very Boastful Kangaroo
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Annotation: A very, very boastful kangaroo brags that it can jump higher than anyone, but a teeny, tiny kangaroo cleverly wins the jumping contest.
Catalog Number: #4720993
Format: Paperback
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Publisher: Harcourt
Copyright Date: 2000
Edition Date: 2000
Pages: 24
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-15-204840-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-15-204840-2
Dewey: E
LCCN: 98055234
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
A very boastful kangaroo claims he can jump higher than the other kangaroos, but a tiny kangaroo brings the braggart down to size in this Green Light Reader, which introduces adverbs and comparisons. Using word repetition, everyday vocabulary, and selective visual representation, the story illustrates such concepts as higher, very, much, and too. The bonus is a joke kids will enjoy reading and sharing. Each page features two short sentences, incorporates dialogue, and has a simple color illustration that portrays the described elements without confusing distraction. A good introduction to adverbs, with a little perspective on competitive natures and the way a shared laugh can ease a divisive situation. (Reviewed October 1, 1999)
Horn Book
A kangaroo braggart beats all comers in a jumping contest until the smallest joey bets that she can "jump higher than that tree." She wins, of course, because "trees can't jump!" Although the ending, in which the boastful kangaroo laughs at himself with the others, strikes a false chord, the repetitive text, relatively easy language, and the subject matter are appropriate for beginning readers. The story is illustrated with simple, flat drawings.
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Library Journal
Word Count: 229
Reading Level: 1.7
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 36427 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.3 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q20329
Lexile: 360L
Guided Reading Level: I
Fountas & Pinnell: I

No one can jump as high as the very boastful kangaroo. But the littlest kangaroo challenges him to a jumping contest anyway. Even the very boastful kangaroo has to laugh when the very little and very clever kangaroo outsmarts him and wins the competition. Bernard Most's resourceful kangaroo hilariously illustrates one of life's basic lessons--that any problem can be overcome if only you put your mind to it.

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