One Day on our Blue Planet... In the Outback
Perfect for quarantine reading with your children! From Ella Bailey's acclaimed series of children's books comes another tale of how one young animal friend spends his day. He's only a little kangaroo in the middle of the vast Australian outback, but that doesn't stop him being curious and learning all about life in his corner of our blue planet. For every copy of this book sold, a donation will be made to WIRES, the New South Wales Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education service!
What I loved: The perspective of a baby kangaroo was really unique and will appeal to children. The illustrations are full of color and animals, which parents can find the names of by looking at the front/back matter. It includes a bit about the landscape of the outback in the story, which is also really interesting and will give perspective to children around the world who have not seen Australia.
What left me wanting more: As a small thing, it would have been cool to label the animals as they appear throughout the book to make for ease of naming. It would also have been interesting to include information about other animals along the way, so that readers could learn more about them (this stays focused on the joey).
There is a scene where a dingo comes up to eat the joey, but the mother kangaroo scares it away. It's not described in detail, so it may go over some children's heads, but wanted to mention for children who might be sensitive.
Final verdict: Overall, this is a cute exploration of the outback through a day in the life of a red kangaroo joey. Recommend for young readers who want to glimpse Australia!