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A Wombat's World
This title covers these subjects: Animal babies., Animal behavior., Wombats -- Australia
A Wombat's World
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A Wombat's World

After spending seven months in his mother's pouch, a baby wombat is finally ready to face the world. He cautiously takes his first steps. His mother uses her strong claws to dig up grasses and roots for him to eat. Follow this mammal as he grows and prepares to dig a tunnel for his own home.

Reading LevelGrades K-2
Interest LevelGrades K-2
Lexile Level650L
ATOS Level3.6
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #120248
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Dimensions10 3/4" x 10 3/4"
Page Count24
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $28.65 School/Library Price

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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

July 1, 2008

Booklist - Gillian Engberg

"As in other titles in the Caroline Arnold's Animals series, this introduction to wombats combines a narrative story with boxed facts about the animals. The uncluttered cut-paper collages and simple, straightforward text show and tell events in a wombat's life over a year's time, as she builds a burrow, mates, gives birth, and raises her young to independence. Very young children may need further explanation for a few references in the abbreviated text, such as how, exactly, marsupials nurse their young, but veteran-author Arnold gives a mostly clear, compelling sense of the lives and characteristics of these unique animals. A map, a few "fun facts," and further reading close this picture-book title, which is sure to please young animal lovers." - Booklist

March 15, 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

May 1, 2009

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database - Heidi Hauser Green

"Exotic animals are a favorite topic with many young readers. Here, they have the chance to learn about an Australian marsupial, the common wombat. The book begins with a female wombat that mates and gives birth a month later. It follows the baby wombat as it pulls itself into its mother’s pouch, grows and leaves the pouch. It continues through the baby wombat’s childhood, including play, feeding, care, learning, and more. From the first page to the last, Arnold’s soft-edged, cut paper illustrations seem to convey a warmth of feeling between the mother wombat and her child. Includes a map of Australia with markers indicating where each of the three kinds of wombats can be found, as well as two lists of fast facts about them, a glossary, an index, and lists of books and web sites for finding out more. Part of “Caroline Arnold’s Animals” series." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

January 1, 2008 - D. Fowler, Dragonfly77

"If you just happened to be walking in the Australian Outback you could be walking over the wombat's home and never realize it. The wombat is well equipped to burrow with "strong front paws" and her "powerful hind feet." Her burrow, which is typically about twelve feet (3.7 meters long), not only protects her from her natural predators, but also keeps her cool during the day. At the end of her tunnel is "cozy room lined with bark" where she sleeps away her days. Wombats are nocturnal and will emerge from her burrow to forage for food for many hours. The wombat is a marsupial (nonplacental mammal) who marks their territories with their scent. When it is time to mate, the male will find the female by tracking her scent. After mating "the female chases the male away" and in approximately a month she will cuddle up in her bark lined room and have her baby. This newborn "is the size of a small bean," is deaf, blind and cannot fend for herself. She makes her way into her mother's pouch where she will nurse and spend the next seven months. This little one will then emerge from the pouch and quickly learns to walk. In this wonderful book you will learn about the wombat's physical characteristics, their habitat, what they eat, their scientific classification, their predators, how long the baby stays with its mother, their territorial instincts and more! This is a very well written and researched book that even the most reluctant reader will stick his or her nose in and won't come out for a long time. In the front of the book there is a page with the basic facts about the common wombat. On the next page it is as if one stepped into the pages of a storybook instead of a textbook. This makes meeting the wombat or any other animal in this series a very pleasant and fun experience. There are numerous informative captions scattered throughout the book. For example, when you see the wombat foraging in the night, you can read the statement "Wombats, bats, and possums are nocturnal animals. They are active mainly at night." The stunning cut paper illustrations are simply amazing. In the back of the book is a map detailing where the wombat lives, a section of "Wombat Fun Facts," a glossary, an index and additional recommended book and web site resources (FactHound Book). Can the wombat dig a tunnel 100 feet long? If you don't know the answer, you just might want to read this book!" -

September 20, 2009


California Readers Association

Winner of the 2008 Leo Politi Golden Author Award

January 1, 2008

Learning Magazine

2009 Teachers' Choice Awards for Children's Books

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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