Disclosure: I downloaded “Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff” for FREE from Amazon.com. All opinions are 100% my own.
My daughter took some time this week to rearrange her room. Much like Cami in “Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff”, her room is filled with her most favourite treasures.
At first, it was very overwhelming to sort through everything. As she found her favourite ‘lost’ treasures and gave them each a special place of honour in her room she realized that ‘more’ isn’t always best. My daughter donated many toys and clothes that she doesn’t use anymore and is enjoying her newfound space.
The story “Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff” written by Stacy C. Bauer is the story of Cami, a little kangaroo, who loves to collect things. Cami has collected so many things that her room has become out of control and she can not find the items that she needs. Will Cami be able to clean her room in time to go to her cousin’s party?
In the story, Cami’s possessions have taken over her room. There are piles of things everywhere and she cannot find the things she needs. When faced with the task of cleaning her room, Cami feels overwhelmed. I love how little ones can see that we can feel overwhelmed when faced with a task that seems impossible!
I also like how the author shows how easy it is to get distracted while cleaning. Cami makes the task of cleaning her room take longer than it needs by stopping to play with her treasures. Parents can use this as an opportunity to talk about how important it is to stay on task.
This book is an excellent conversation starter about how it is important to always try to be tidy. As you read the story take time to discuss the importance of putting things away after you are finished using them. Talk about how putting one item away only takes a minute, but putting away 100 could take an hour.
Another point of conversation would be to discuss how it’s important to choose our favourite items and let others go. If we choose to keep everything, then the clutter with continue to grow until it takes over!
I enjoy how the author also shows how adults can be disorganized too. My children enjoy knowing that adults have many of the same struggles that they have.
The illustrations are bright and colourful. My favourite part is the clock in the story. I love how the artist changes the time on the clock throughout the story.
The font chosen for this story has a hand-written feel to it. It is not a font that my family likes to read but others may not have the same struggles that we have. My daughter finds the font easy to read when it is just one or two lines but struggles to read the longer paragraphs. She feels that the letters are “too jumpy” and require more spacing in the larger blocks of text.
The author offers several suggestions at the end of the book on ways that we can help out little ones keep their rooms organized. Take a moment to discuss which ideas will work for your child and why others will not. I do not necessarily agree with each suggestion but it is interesting and sometimes surprising to hear my children’s perspectives on why they will or will not work for them.
“Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff” is a relatable story that shares with the reader some of the problems that come with having too much stuff.
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