Baby Koala

Baby Koala

by Aubrey Lang
     
 

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The baby koala waits until she is six months old before she emerges from her mother's pouch. The baby isn't that curious about the outside world at first, but she's content to go along for the ride in Mother's pouch. Later she'll ride piggyback as they search the trees for the most tender eucalyptus leaves. But one day soon the youngster will have to face one of

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The baby koala waits until she is six months old before she emerges from her mother's pouch. The baby isn't that curious about the outside world at first, but she's content to go along for the ride in Mother's pouch. Later she'll ride piggyback as they search the trees for the most tender eucalyptus leaves. But one day soon the youngster will have to face one of the greatest dangers in a koala's life - fire.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-These titles pair excellent-quality, never-before-published photos with simple texts. Brief entries begin with descriptions of the author and photographer's travels to the Australian and Central American locales. The couple's journey Down Under is not particularly interesting, but the scientific information about koalas is. Their trip to Panama's rainforests could be a story on its own; they paddled over small rivers in a dug-out canoe, hiked through muddy expanses, and then climbed the mangrove trees to find their subject, baby sloths. In both titles, Lang focuses on the animals' daily lives, habitat, diet, and, in particular, their relationship to their mothers, which is charmingly portrayed in text and photograph. "Did You Know?" sections provide even more informational bits. Appealing and useful additions.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
New entries in the "Nature Babies" series, these combine, as previously, simply worded texts with plenty of small color photos taken in the wild, and follow newly born animals through their first years. Lang mentions predators, but keeps the overall tone light-"Koalas are lazybones. They sleep and sleep and sleep. They sleep twice as long as you do."-and Lynch follows suit, with cute close-ups of babies snuggling against their mothers' chests, the young three-toed sloth scratching his head in a seemingly puzzled way, and the like. Still, capped by a page each of closing facts, there's enough specific information here-koalas are so logy because eucalyptus leaves provide a low-energy diet-to satisfy the most demanding young naturalists. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-9)
From the Publisher

"Enticing photographs of a baby koala as it grows up are well matched here with a clear, accessible text full of interesting facts about koala life. . . Pictures of soft, teddy-bear-like koalas have built in appeal, of course, but these of mother and clinging baby are particularly fetching."

-- Notes from the Windowsill

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550418767
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Series:
Nature Babies
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Aubrey Lang has been a freelance writer and photographer for more than fifteen years. A science writer and wildlife photographer for the past twenty-five years, Wayne Lynch has seen his work published in more than two dozen countries. Together they've produced nearly forty titles for children and adults, and countless articles in well-known nature magazines, including Ranger Rick, Owl, Wild, National Wildlife and Canadian Geographic.

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