If My Mom Were A Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers


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

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

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Midwest Book Review, June 2014 - Diane C. Donovan
If My Mom Were a Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers is a re-release of an award-winning title by a new publisher, 13 years after its original publication date. Recommended by National Science Teachers Association, this 64-page color illustrated classic describes 14 different mammals who tell their own life stories, growing from a tiny helpless infant creature to an independent healthy adult or child. Here we have the life cycle stories of a baby platypus, an African elephant, a koala from Australia, a golden lion tamarind monkey, a Pacific gray whale, a least shrew, a hooded seal, a Mexican free-tailed bat, an African lion, a polar bear, a hippopotamus, an orangutan, and a human being. Each illustrated birth story follows a sequence of answers to crucial questions: How were you born? How did you grow? What do you know? What do you eat? And other extra fascinating facts are included at the end of each baby’s story. Especially educational is the creative activity guide provided free of charge by Science, Naturally! to book buyers, parents and educators. If My Mom Were a Platypus is a thriving classic that begs to be rediscovered by tomorrow’s children, especially appealing for audiences ages 8-12, in grades 3-6. Available in paperback and ebook editions.
National Science Teachers Association - Lori Cirucci
If your mom were a hippopotamus, where would you be born? Find out about hippopotamuses and 13 other mammals in the book,If My Mom Were a Platypus, written by Dia Michels. This introduction to the world of mammals reveals how fourteen mammal babies travel along the path from helpless infants to self–sufficient adults by introducing how each mammal was born, how they grew, what they knew instinctively, what they ate, and finally a fascinating fact.

Did you know that koala bears smell like cough drops because they eat so many eucalyptus leaves? Did you also know that orangutans use large leaves as umbrellas when it rains? Mexican free–tailed bats hang upside down because they can’t stand right side up. Their leg bones are too thin to hold up their bodies. For many mammal babies, mothers play an important role as the baby is nurtured and given food to survive while also being taught how to survive on their own. The journey that a mammal takes is considerably different for various mammals as the reader will find out by reading this engaging book.

This very informative book contains a table of contents, which lists platypuses, African elephants, koalas, golden lion tamarin monkeys, Pacific gray whales, giraffes, least shrew, hooded seals, Mexican free–tailed bats, lions, polar bear, hippopotamuses, orangutans and finally humans. There is a glossary with keywords, and finally an index. This would be an excellent reference book for the elementary classroom. I highly recommend this book!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789659021963
  • Publisher: Platypus Media, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Edition description: Hebrew language edition
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 4 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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