About Marsupials: A Guide for Children

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In another informative and attractive book in the "About..." series, the Sills introduce marsupials, including kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and others in this fascinating group. In just a few words per double-page spread, they describe what is unusual about marsupials, how and where they live, what they eat, and the importance of protecting them. Detailed, naturalistic watercolors fill each of the seventeen pages with each of the animals depicted in a part of its native Australian environment. A six-page "Afterword" supplies a paragraph of additional information along with small illustrations. There is also a glossary and lists of additional sources. This introduction can both inform and lead to further explorations. 2006, Peachtree Publishers, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Beautiful, detailed illustrations are the highlight of this simple introduction. Each spread includes one line of large-print text opposite a full-page picture of an animal. Characteristics of many different, primarily Australian, marsupials are described in language young students will understand. However, by highlighting characteristics that are so general, children might be unclear about what constitutes a marsupial. ("They may live in trees-on the ground-or underground." "Many marsupials are nocturnal-they hunt and eat at night. Others look for food during the day.") An afterword does provide additional information about the number of species, location, and the nourishment of a newborn, along with clear details about the animals shown in each illustration. Report writers are likely to find the most useful information in this section.-Christine Markley, Washington Elementary School, Barto, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sill introduces 17 marsupials with a brief line of text and a full-page color painting by the illustrator of nine other outstanding titles in this series. The author, a former elementary-school teacher, demonstrates once again her ability to capture the essential features a group of animals share with an economy of text-a difficult feat as marsupials vary in size, diet, habitat and appearance. She includes the three-inch marsupial mole and the six-foot Red Kangaroo; the diurnal Numbat, and the nocturnal Spotted Cuscus; the vegetarian Koala and the meat-eating Tasmanian Devil. The afterword provides size, range and other information on each of the species included, a brief glossary, bibliography and web sites. Full color paintings of wombats, wallabies, opossums, tree kangaroos and more are superb, extending the text and providing a wealth of detail. A handsome introduction to an unusual group of mammals. (Nonfiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561454075
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 782,519
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted April 15, 2013

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    If you like animals, you'll love this book!

    About Marsupials is the title so the book is about...marsupials, of course. It’s non-fiction. I really think everyone would like the book. I think someone who likes animals would especially like to read it. The glossary of facts in the back of About Marsupials is the most useful part. I thought the most interesting parts were that some marsupials have their pouch at their back legs and one marsupial, the Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby, is very small but can jump 13 feet wide!
    4-8 age range would like this book. Even though it’s not a story book, 4 year olds would like the few words on each page and they would love the beautiful pictures. But older kids would like it because of all the facts in the back of the book. There’s a lot of information for each animal. I think boys and girls (and parents) would enjoy reading it. This book is very interesting. I give it 4 stars.
    Review by Connor C., age 6, Boston Mensa

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2013

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    About Marsupials is not just a book to entertain a child it will

    About Marsupials is not just a book to entertain a child it will awaken their minds and educate them about marsupials. It will definitely be entertaining, there are so many unusual looking animals. Most of the marsupials are found in Australia. We are familiar with the Kangaroo and the Koala Some marsupials may have upward facing pouches and others have pouches that face their back legs in order to safely carry their babies as they grow. Red-neck Wallaby babies stay in the pouch popping in and out for as long as eight months. 

    One marsupial is very common her in the southern part of the United States and that is the Virginia Opossum. In fact have to bring in the cat food every evening because there is a family of opossums that eat right along with my cats. But they have to beware of my dogs. My dogs scare the opossum so bad the opposum falls over playing possum, that means they pretend they are dead, which really confuses their attackers.

    I find it sad to say that some marsupials are extinct and some on the endangered species. Their habitats being destroyed by humanity.

    The author provides information about the characteristics of the marsupials and their habitats. She also gives facts on what they eat and whether they hunt food during the day, night, or maybe even both. The author and illustrator put this series together in a way that young children and even adults will enjoy and learn, looking at creatures in a whole new way. The illustrators paintings are so life like I thought they were photo images. 

    I highly recommend all of the books in the About ... series.

    Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my honest opinion.

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