I Love You, Blue Kangaroo is a children’s book written by Emma Chichester Clark. This is a story of the unique affiliation between Lily Brown, a sweet little girl and her favorite stuff toy, Blue Kangaroo.
A question you need to answer: “Was there a time when you could hardly get your child to part with his favorite toy? It’s as if they were connected to each other…wherever he goes, the toy goes?”
So Lily has has formed a special bond with her Blue Kangaroo, and no amount of new toys can break that “friendship.” Some may view it as a security blanket, while others may regard it as an opportunity for children to play out feelings where they are able to care for and nurture another – be it animate or inanimate. On a deeper level, I Love You, Blue Kangaroo carries a theme that can be reflected upon by anyone aged 2 to 92. This book reminds us beautifully of our need as human beings to feel secure in any relationship, be it between parent and child, husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, or even among friends.
In this story, you will see this need come to life as you see life through the eyes of Blue Kangaroo. As other stuffed animals start coming into the Lily’s life, his owner, Blue kangaroo begins to feel a certain sadness. One night he sadly resigned himself to the feeling that there’s no more room for him in Lily’s life and decided to walk out.
In the end, Blue Kangaroo realized that Lily’s love for him had not diminished even with the addition of new stuffed animals-it had only accentuated its “specialness.”
Many can relate to Blue Kangaroo’s feelings of hurt, sadness and insecurity. Through this touching story, may we be reassured in our own relationships and more importantly, may we be able to reassure the Blue Kangaroos in our lives.
P.S. Like Lily, when I was a child, I had a white furry rabbit I couldn’t easily part with. Its wires came off and its fur began to shed off, but still it was the apple of my eye. How about your child? Does he have a “Blue Kangaroo?”
Parent Corner: An Activity You Can Do With Your Child
Help your child keep fond memories of his favorite stuff toy. Take a picture of them together and have it framed. Or if you are feeling creative, you can make your own frame to give it a personalized touch. Save it as a special present for your child when he/she is all grown up; I’m sure the memory of it will bring fond memories for her.
By: Stella Marie Cabilao