Dot and the Kangaroo
|Illustrator||Frank P. Mahony|
|Publisher||Angus and Robertson|
|Media type||Print (Hardback and Paperback)|
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. The book was adapted into a stage production in 1924, and a film in 1977.
A 5-year-old girl named Dot is lost in the outback after chasing a hare into the wood and losing sight of her home. She is approached by a red kangaroo who gives her some berries to eat. Upon eating the berries, Dot is able to understand the language of all animals, and she tells the kangaroo her plight. The kangaroo, who has lost her own joey, decides to help little Dot despite her own fear of humans. The book is filled with criticism on negative human interference in the wild in 1884.
A film adaptation was released in 1977 directed by Yoram Gross. It combines animation with live action.
- Giannalberto Bendazzi, Cartoons: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation, Indiana university Press, ISBN 0-253-20937-4
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- Dot character page at Yoram Gross website
- Dot and the Kangaroo at Project Gutenberg (with original illustrations)