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A Platypus' World
This title covers these subjects: Animal babies., Animal behavior., Platypus.
A Platypus' World
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A Platypus' World

Near a stream in Australia, a platypus hatches from its egg. As it gets older, the young platypus learns to find food in the stream. Take a swim through this book and find out what happens in a platypus’ world.

Reading LevelGrades K-2
Interest LevelGrades K-2
ATOS Level3.7
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #120247
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Count24
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price

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National Science Teachers Association - CBC Reviewer

"Life-like, cut-paper illustrations enhance the simple, informative text in this eye-catching picture book about the platypus. The platypus' natural habitat, diet, and life-cycle are detailed for young readers. This NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2009 can be used in a group or individual setting to illustrate adaptations, challenge ideas on classification, or simply motivate budding scientists who are fascinated with the diversity of organisms. Fact boxes provide additional information, extending the learning potential of the book and inspiring repeated reading. The book also includes a map, a glossary, an index, and a list of more books and websites to continue learning. It's appropriate for primary through middle elementary students for independent reading." - National Science Teachers Association

January 1, 2008

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database - Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D

"A fact page at the beginning informs the reader that the platypus lives in Australia at the edges of bodies of water. It eats worms, insects, fish eggs, water plants, and other small aquatic life. A platypus is an unusual type of mammal called a monotreme because it lays eggs and provides milk after the babies are hatched. The narrative then follows one platypus as she searches for food in the night, becomes pregnant, builds a nest, and lays two tiny eggs which stick to the fur on her belly. Ten days later the babies hatch and begin drinking milk through tiny holes in the mother’s skin. The mother platypus must avoid predators, such as foxes, dingoes, and owls, as she searches for her own food. When the babies are six weeks old, they emerge from the nest and learn to swim. At five months old they are ready to survive on their own, and in another year and a half they will be ready to mate and produce the next generation of platypuses. Large, realistic illustrations contribute to the meaning and understanding of the descriptions. A map shows the small area of the world inhabited by platypuses, and a page of “Fun Facts” adds further details about this unusual species." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

January 1, 2008

Curriculum Connections, School Library Journal

"Descriptive text and earth-tone cut-paper illustrations introduce two intriguing Australian mammals and their lifestyles. The narratives are read aloud with the grace and excitement of a well-told story, as vivid language, well-chosen details, and engaging images captivate readers’ imaginations." - Curriculum Connections, School Library Journal

June 1, 2009


School Library Journal - Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

"Each of these books describes one Australian mammal. Arnold opens with a brief entry stating where the mammal lives and its habitat, food, length, weight, animal class, and scientific name. Her narrative of a female's life from birthing preparations through raising the young cleverly contrasts with distinctly hued boxes of fast facts, such as the length of a platypus's burrow or size of a newborn wombat. Along the way, readers will also learn to identify other species in the biome, via captioned images. In both titles, the cut-paper illustrations in scenic spreads feature a night-time palette of indigo, olive, mocha, and burnt sienna. Back matter includes a map of the habitat, six fun facts, and instructions for accessing FactHound's site to research related topics. Visually engaging and brimming with data, these books are perfect for reports on these animals or the Australian continent." - School Library Journal

August 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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