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A Kangaroo's World
This title covers these subjects: Animal babies., Animal behavior., Kangaroos.
A Kangaroo's World
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A Kangaroo's World

A baby kangaroo is born in the woodlands of Australia. After eight months in his mother’s pouch, he is ready to start walking. He quickly learns how to use his tail for balance. Hop along with this joey as he goes through his first year of life.

 
Dewey599.2/22
  
Reading LevelGrades K-2
Interest LevelGrades K-2
GRLL
ATOS Level3.8
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #120245
  
  
ISBN978-1-4048-9759-5
PublisherPicture Window Books
Copyright2008
  
Page Count24
LanguagesEnglish
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price
$39.99
 


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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database - Barbara Wheatley

"The “Caroline Arnold’s Animals” books use intricate paper cutting to illustrate the animals and habitats. This series explores the animals of Australia from birth until they grow and leave their mothers. The newborn eastern gray kangaroo crawls up his mother’s belly and into the pouch where he stays for months eating and growing. At the age of six months, the joey is old enough to peek out of the pouch but does not venture out until he is eight months old. The joey must endure predators such as dingoes while learning to survive the winters and hot summers. When a year has passed, the mother gives birth to another joey, and the first one is ready to be on his own. Arnold simply describes the dynamics of the mob of kangaroos and the daily trials they face. Included on each page are sidebars with facts that support the information in the story. A map showing locations where the eastern gray kangaroo is found, a page of kangaroo fun facts, glossary, an index, and books and web pages to find more information are located at the end of the book. The beautifully creative and elaborate paper-cut illustrations and easy to understand text make this a great beginning book for readers learning about the animal" - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

January 1, 2008

Amazon.com - D. Fowler, Dragonfly77

"Most people think that there is only one kind of kangaroo, but in fact there are fifty different species. The one that is explored in this book is the eastern gray kangaroo whose habitat is the "grasslands and open woodlands" of Australia. The kangaroo is a marsupial (nonplacental mammal) who lives in a "mob" or group of kangaroos that number as high as thirty in number. Kangaroos are plant eaters and love to "nibble grass." When the female is about to give birth she will stop eating and clean her pouch in preparation for her new baby (called a joey) who will be "no bigger than a jelly bean." This tiny creature uses its "sense of smell to find his mother's pouch." Once inside the protective pouch he will drink milk and remain there for several months. After six months the baby sticks his head out of the pouch to take a look at his new world. If he becomes frightened by a galah or other unfamiliar creatures, he can slip right back into his pouch. When he is eight months old, he emerges from the pouch trying out his new found independence. He won't wander far off and if he becomes tired or frightened he "jumps into the pouch headfirst" and "somersaults to turn [himself] around." In this amazing book you'll learn about their physical characteristics, what they eat, where they live, their scientific classification, how long they stay with their mothers, how they defend themselves against predators, how the clean themselves, how they keep cool, how the young "play fight" and more! I was very impressed with the quality of the book, how well written and researched it was. It started off by listed some basic facts and then very nicely moved into a storybook format that will entice even the most reluctant reader. In addition to the text there are numerous informative captions. For example, a mother and her baby are pictured together and off to the side a caption states, "At 6 months, a baby kangaroo is about the size of a house cat. It weighs about 4.5 pounds (2 kg)." The cut paper illustrations are stunning and very appealing. In the back of the book of the book is a map outlining where kangaroos can be found, some "Kangaroo Fun Facts," a glossary, an index and additional book and web site resources (FactHound). This is one gorgeous series you'll want to take a closer look at! http://www.amazon.com/Kangaroos-World-Caroline-Arnolds-Animals/dp/1404839836/ref=cm_cr-mr-title" - Amazon.com

September 19, 2009

National Science Teachers Association - Jacqueline Pfeiffer

"Marsupial mammals are especially fascinating to children. This series of four books explores these mammals in an easy-to-read way. The books are written with ages 5-7 and grades K-2 in mind, but both older and younger children will equally enjoy this series. The illustrations are unusual in that they are all cut paper with no photos or actual pictures. A curator of a zoo and a literary educator served as consultants on the series. Sidebars, fun facts, and maps are scattered throughout each book. Also included is a glossary, an index, a list of safe websites to explore at Fact Hound, and benchmarks for science literacy. Accelerated Reader tests may also be accessed at the identified website. Each book focuses on one marsupial and follows it from birth through the first year of life in its natural habitat. Included at the very beginning of the book is a listing of where the animal lives and its habitat, food, length and weight, class, and scientific name. Other plants and animals that can live in the animalGÇÖs habitat are identified throughout the book. The facts scattered throughout are fascinating. Kangaroos are about the size of a jelly bean at birth, have no hair, and canGÇÖt see or hear. At six months, the baby kangaroo is about the size of a house cat, weighing about 4.5 pounds. The baby jumps in its motherGÇÖs pouch headfirst and somersaults to turn around. Kangaroos get most of their water from the food they eat. Foxes, eagles, and dingoes are their main predators. Adults dig shallow holes in the ground to cool off in during the day. They pant and sweat to keep cool while their fur keeps them warm in the winter. Kangaroos also lick and scratch to clean themselves. The long sharp nails on their center toes can make painful gashes when they are kicking. When the baby is one year old, the mother has a new baby. The older one is then on its own, is nearly full grown, and can care for itself. Adults can jump 30 feet in a single bound and leap over a 9-foot fence. They also travel long distances without tiring. Kangaroos usually move at about 11 miles per hour but can move at 40 miles per hour for short distances. The hind feet of a southern gray kangaroo are about 18 inches long. My only concern was the cut paper illustrations. This was both positive and negative. I found myself longing for a "real" picture of a kangaroo, but this was not enough to detract from my overall recommendation. This book is very interesting, filled with loads of information, and is highly recommended." - National Science Teachers Association

January 1, 2008

 
Caroline Arnold

Caroline Arnold

Caroline Arnold is the author of 150 books for children. Her many honors include awards from the American Library Association, P.E.N., the National Science Teachers Association, and the Washington Post / Children's Book Guild. Caroline’s interest in animals and the outdoors began when she was a child growing up in Minnesota. After majoring in art and literature at Grinnell College in Iowa, she received her M.A. in art from the University of Iowa. Caroline lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Art, a neuroscientist.

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