If My Mom Were a Platypus:Animal Babies and Their Mothers

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Middle graders learn how fourteen mammals are born, eat, sleep, learn, and mature.

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Moms and their kids will together enjoy this opportunity to discover the fascinating facts that celebrate the wonders of birth in the animal kingdom. This well-written nature book is by an author known for her nonfiction adult material. But her writing here is geared to children for the first time and successfully so. The fascinating facts depict how thirteen mammal infants begin life dependent on their mothers and grow to be self-sufficient adults. The book is organized by describing the different animals, with sections about each covering the topics of birth, growth, knowledge and eating. Each animal tells his or her own story. The platypus begins, "To get ready for me, my mom built a nest beside a stream." Though the vocabulary may be somewhat advanced for elementary school children, the text, read aloud and combined with the realistic artwork is definitely manageable. Colorful, up-close drawings combine with black-and-white sketches illustrating each stage. It is apropos that the fourteenth and last of the species presented is a human infant, with amazing similarities to the stories of the other thirteen. Moms, be prepared to end the shared reading with questions that just seem to naturally follow such as—"So Mom, when I was born..." 2001, Platypus, $16.95. Ages 8 up. Reviewer: Kathleen Orosz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930775022
  • Publisher: Platypus Media, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/30/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2001

    Entrancing and Educational

    If My Mom Were A Platypus is an entrancing children¿s book covering all sorts of animal babies¿platypus, koala, lion, orangutan, whale, shrew and more. The beautifully-illustrated text pulls in children by pretending they are the baby. If My Mom Were A Platypus describes in detail how different babies eat, learn, grow and mature. This fact-loaded book delights both adults and children and is extraordinarily hard to put down. Even the ending is superb. Includes glossary and index and highlights endangered or threatened species. Perfect for school or home use. Ages 4-adult.

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