Kanga and Roo Coloring Pages
Kanga is the a fictional character in A. A. Milne’s books about Winnie-the-Pooh. A female kangaroo, Kanga is Roo’s mother and a good friend to Winnie-the-Pooh and whole the other occupants of the Hundred Acre Wood. She lives with Roo in a house near the Sandy Pit in the northwestern part of the Forest. Tigger later comes to live with them.
Kanga and her son, Roo, come the Forest “in the usual way” in Chapter VII of Winnie-the-Pooh. She also appears in Chapter VIII, is mentioned in Chapter IX, and appears again in Chapter X of that book. In The House at Pooh Corner, Kanga appears in chapters II, IV, VII, IX, and X, and is mentioned in a few others. She is the only female character to appear in the books.
Like most of the characters in Winnie-the Pooh, Kanga was based on a stuffed toy that belonged to Christopher Robin Milne. Ernest H. Shepard’s illustrations show Kanga with dark brown fur on her back and lighter fur on her front. Like all female kangaroos, she has a pouch (usually called her “pocket” in the books). Unlike an actual animal, however, Kanga’s pocket apparently closes with a button. (The text mentions her “buttoning” and “unbuttoning” her pocket on a few occasions, although no buttons are visible in the illustrations.) Her pocket is apparently large enough for Very Small Animals like Roo (and in one instance, Piglet) to ride in.
Kanga is a kind, motherly character. She takes great care of Roo, and is perpetually concerned with his well-being, whether that means trying to keep him out of disorder or giving him his “strengthening medicine” (which is later revealed to be Extract of Malt) after meals. As Piglet describes her, Kanga “isn’t Clever”, but is so concerned about Roo that she will always be able to take care of him, automatically knowing “a Good Thing to Do” without thinking about it. She is not without a sense of humor, however, as shown when she not only catches onto the joke that the others are trying to play on her by hiding Roo but then turns the joke back on Piglet by pretending she believes he is Roo.