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Dot and the Kangaroo

Ethel C. Pedley

Book Overview: 

Dot and the Kangaroo, written in 1899, is a children’s book by Ethel C. Pedley about a little girl named Dot who gets lost in the Australian outback and is eventually befriended by a kangaroo and several other marsupials. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . her balance, or hop just a little too far or a little too near, and that they would fall together over the side of that terrible wild cliff. At last she said:

"Oh, Kangaroo, shall we get safely to the bottom do you think?"

"I never think," said the Kangaroo, "but I know we shall. This is the easiest way. If I went through the thick bush on the other side, I should stand a chance of running my head against a tree at every leap, unless I got a stiff neck with holding my head on one side looking out of one eye all the time. My nose gets in the way when I look straight in front," she explained. "Don't be afraid," she continued. "I know every jump of the way. We kangaroos have gone this way ever since Australia began to have kangaroos. Look here!" she said, pausing on a big boulder that hung right over the gully, "we have made a history book for ourselves out of these rocks; and so long as these rocks last, long, long after the time when there will be no. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I think the critics are being too harsh of this story. If you put it into context in the time it was set, I am sure Ethel Pedley was using language of the time and did not realise its harm. Thankfully we know better now of racial issues and how language can be harmful.
I read this book as a young ch

Taught some good lessons. I was torn between giving it 3 or 4 starts so either fits... I really like this over modern kids books, but a few chapters were a little less engaging is all...more

Charming book and revolutionary for its conservation message but sadly of its time on not understanding that Indigenous Australians were not as depicted and far better at managing the environment than white Australians. I found a 1913 edition at a garage sale

3.5 ⭐️Es un cuento lindo con una moraleja muy importante, y aunque fuera cortito me sorprendió que me haya costado un poco de trabajo terminarlo.

This story is my favorite childhood story and is the reason I care for nature as I do today; it completely fascinated me and left me in a sort of haunted love with all things Australian. The idea of being carried around in a kangaroo’s pouch, magic berries that allow you to speak to animals, being c

This is a very cute book. I really enjoyed it.

Gah, I don't know what to do. You're damned if you do, damned if you don't with this one. Ethel Pedley's work has not survived the last 30 years with as much affection as her fellow children's writer, Ethel Turner (of Seven Little Australians). Her book is not terribly PC, what with its pick-and-cho

Somewhat cute historical children's story with some engaging and humorous characters. Slightly marred by out of date racial and religious remarks. Writing style is also much too verbose and sentences far too long for young readers. Numerous historical references will need explanation for young liste

Dot had such an adventure.

Dot and the Kangaroo is an Australian children's classic written 122 years ago. After growing up watching the 1977 movie of the same name, this is my first time reading the book itself. From when Dot gets lost and meets the kangaroo, followed by Dot's experiences with all the creatures of the bush,

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