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I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!

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One day a little boy is out sailing when a storm comes and threatens to wash him away. A whale saves him, and the two become friends. When the boy discovers plastic pollution, he realizes it's up to him to save the whale in return. I mean, Blue saves the day by rescuing the boat from a raging storm, and then the boy turns superhero by pulling out all those plastic bags from Blue's belly. It's a cool message about the whole ocean plastic issue, which we all need to be aware of, but I was expecting a bit more depth in the plot.

I Love You, Blue Kangaroo! | Centre for Literacy in Primary I Love You, Blue Kangaroo! | Centre for Literacy in Primary

Every day, he looks forward to greeting Blue - until the one day when Blue is nowhere to be found. Alarmed, the boy dives into the water in search of his friend - and finds Blue laying listless on the ocean floor. Turns out that Blue swallowed a tummy full of plastic (a breakaway from the Pacific trash vortex, maybe?) and needs help flushing his system - and cleaning up his ocean home.I Love You, Blue' with story and pictures by Barroux is a picture book about a lighthouse keeper's love of a particular whale. Vuurtorenwachter Jonas vaart zijn rondje op een rustige zee. Hij houdt van de zee. Tot op een dag het weer omslaat en torenhoge gitzwarte golven zijn bootje laten omslaan. ‘De zee kolkt en woelt.’

I Love You, Blue Kangaroo! - Andersen Press I Love You, Blue Kangaroo! - Andersen Press

ps incidentally, this book initially arrived at our home amongst a flurry of other generous gifts and unfortunately, we don’t know who originally sent it to us. If it was you, please can you message us to let us know. This is a poignant story about a little boy caught in a storm; when “the ocean roars and rages” he cries for help and is rescued by a whale named Blue. One day when Blue does not come, the child dives into the ocean to find him. When Blue opens his mouth to say “AAAH”, the boy discovers a “belly full of bags”, which the child works to haul away, rescuing the whale in return.I Love You, Blue Kangaroo! is one of Chichester Clark’s most successful books and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway medal in 1998. It is the first of her Blue Kangaroo series, which use Lily’s relationship with her blue kangaroo to describe the everyday ups and downs of being a small child. Christa Justus from Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research said: “Margot Martini’s legacy is beautifully secured through the vital work of Team Margot. Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research proudly supports their efforts to help other angels like Margot live long, healthy, cancer-free lives.” gabriellesangels.org

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