Katy No-Pocket

by Emmy Payne

Other authorsH. A. Rey (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1972



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Houghton Mifflin Company (1972). Weekly Reader Edition.


Desolate Katy Kangaroo has no pocket in which to carry her son Freddy, so she asks all the other animals how they carry their children and finally goes to the city to find a pocket of her own.

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LibraryThing member Treeseed
This is a really delightful story book illustrated by H.A. Rey, who also created the beloved Curious George books. In the same fun-loving and colorful style, the story of Katy, a mama kanagroo with no pocket for her baby, comes to life. Katy searches high and low and interviews many other kinds of
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animals to try to find a way to carry her baby, Freddy. In the end she gets some great advice and finds a solution that is pure genius. The story is really cute but H.A. Rey's utterly charming illustrations make this into a treat that should NOT be missed. The details of the various animals are so jolly, the faces so expressive. The pictures just exude happiness. I believe that once you share this with a little one it will become a family favorite.
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LibraryThing member conuly
This is a story about a kangaroo who needs to find a way to carry her joey. After asking around and finding other people's methods don't work, she goes to the city where she gets an apron with TONS of pockets, and everybody is happy, etc. etc. etc.

It's not a bad book, per se... it's just that I
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find it really weird that the animals listed here are not found together in nature. It's one thing to have predators speaking to prey, that happens in picture books all the time, but to have African animals talking to Australian animals, and to have Woodland animals conversing with Savannah animals? It's a little weird, is all.

And the book is a bit wordy, a bit too long for the story it's telling. It's not really *all* that interesting.
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LibraryThing member eward06
This represents a Modern Fantasy because the story would not be possible in real life. Kangaroos cannot really talk and "go to the city" to get a pocket. But it is believable in that Kangaroos are real. The media used in this book is watercolor. Katy is a round character because we continually
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learn about her problem and how she is going to try to solve it. She is revealed through her interactions, actions, thoughts, appearance, and the narrator. This book would be best for the Primary level.
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LibraryThing member AlyshaKnandel
Katy No-Pocket is about a kangaroo mother who does not have a pocket to carry her baby in, so she tries to discover other ways to carry her child.
LibraryThing member sweetiegherkin
Katy is a sad kangaroo because she has no pocket in which to carry her baby son Freddy. She asks other mother animals how they carry their young, but none of those ways help her any. Finally, an owl directs her to visit the city to look for a pocket.

This is a cute and humorous book about a mother
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desperately trying to properly keep her son nearby, often meeting problems along the way. It is a fun way to talk to children about animals and the way they care for the young, even though there are obviously fantastical elements to this book.

The illustrations, done by famed author/illustrator H.A. Rey, are reminiscent of Rey's well-known style from the Curious George books. They help to show kids what is being discussed in the book, but they don't vary much from the text, thereby not adding more details. Nevertheless, they fit well with the spirit of the book.
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