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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Adelaide the Flying Kangaroo
by Tomi Ungerer
Age Range: Under_5
When Adelaide is born her parents are extremely surprised to find that their baby kangaroo has wings. As she grows her wings become larger and larger. Adelaide likes to watch the birds and aeroplanes flying over the desert and longs to fly with them too. She is an exceptionally curious little Kangaroo and one day she finally decides to leave her family and fly away to explore the world.
Adelaide visits many different places discovering wonderful new things but finally when she reaches Paris she decides to stop travelling. In Paris she makes a new friend, Monsieur Manus, who takes her to see all the sites including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame and she even gets an opportunity to perform in a music hall! Soon Adelaide finds fame and fortune, and eventually love.
Award-winning Tomi Ungerer writes with such wit and his illustrations are so full of expression. Written in the 1950s this is a timeless children’s classic and is just as fresh now as it was 31 years ago. The first translation into English was in 1959 but this translation is from the German edition of 1980.
Adelaide is such an engaging character and this is a charming story about the importance of having dreams and of being an individual. Ungerer’s simple pen and ink drawings using predominantly three main colours – sepia, blue and black with a colour wash background are full of detail and readers cannot fail to fall in love with the feisty Adelaide and laugh at her antics.