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Jimmy the Joey: The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue
     

Jimmy the Joey: The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue

by Susan Kelly, Deborah Lee Rose
 

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This warm and inspirational photographic picture book for ages 4 to 8 is a compelling and uplifting true story, with a sweet message about coping with loss that draws attention to an important and threatened wild animal.
 
Jimmy is an adorable baby koala whose tender tale is sure to strike at the heartstrings of every animal lover. Readers will marvel at

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This warm and inspirational photographic picture book for ages 4 to 8 is a compelling and uplifting true story, with a sweet message about coping with loss that draws attention to an important and threatened wild animal.
 
Jimmy is an adorable baby koala whose tender tale is sure to strike at the heartstrings of every animal lover. Readers will marvel at Jimmy's new life at Koala Hospital, being raised by loving human caregivers and interacting with other koalas healing from injury. The book also introduces young readers to the need for conservational awareness: Through Jimmy's life story readers will come to understand the many obstacles koalas and other species face today.

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Publishers Weekly
In a hopeful story about animal rehabilitation in Australia, an orphaned koala joey is rescued and taken to the Koala Hospital. Author Rose and journalist/filmmaker Kelly chronicle Jimmy’s time at the center, where he is fed special formula, sleeps “in a laundry basket filled with soft blankets,” and is weighed and measured each week. Photographs (bordered by aboriginal patterns) keep Jimmy front and center as he clutches a volunteer’s leg, munches on eucalyptus leaves (they make him “smell like mint candy”) and slowly grows accustomed to the hospital trees, where he climbs with other koala residents. An endnote from Kelly describes her research into koalas, the threats facing their populations, and the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, where Jimmy and koalas like him have received care. Ages 4–8. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
After being hit by a car, an orphaned 6-month-old joey is rescued, rehabilitated in a koala hospital and then a home, taught to climb and live outside with other koalas, and finally returned to the wild. This heartwarming, true story of an irresistible marsupial, not a true bear but with all a bear cub's appealing qualities, is illustrated with photographs taken during the filming of a documentary about the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, Australia. While recording the joey's growth and development in the smoothly told narrative that accompanies the photos, the authors also weave in some general information about the species: where they live, what they eat, how they grow first inside their mothers' pouches. The design suggests a scrapbook of the joey's life, decorated with traditional Australian Aboriginal designs and using the colors of eucalyptus bark and patterns of eucalyptus leaves as page backgrounds. The illustrations focus on the joey; people, though vital to the animal's recovery, are mostly out of the picture. Final pages include maps, a few facts about koalas, a photographer's note and extensive suggestions for learning more about this iconic but little-known species. Unfortunately, these don't include Sandra Markle's more informative Finding Home, illustrated by Alan Marks (2008). Stories of animal rescue abound, but the cuteness factor here gives Jimmy's story special appeal. (Informational picture book. 4-8)
From the Publisher
Winner of the 2013 Eureka! Silver Book Award

Named 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People by the Children's Book Council

"[A] heartwarming, true story of an irresistible marsupial." —Kirkus Reviews

"A hopeful story about animal rehabilitation in Australia." —Publishers Weekly

"Irresistibly adorable photographs and a clear, lively text capture the charming story." 
—School Library Journal 

"An eye-catching book with a photogenic subject." —Booklist

"Jimmy the Joey has everything kids in the preschool to kindergarten ages want: cute animals, adventure, and a tale of real life heroism." —VegBooks.org

School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—Irresistibly adorable photographs and a clear, lively text capture the charming story of an orphaned koala infant taken in and raised by a remarkable rescue team at an Australian koala hospital until he was ready for reintroduction to his natural habitat. Sadly, readers are informed, koalas are finding those habitats dwindling, as eucalyptus forests are increasingly being toppled to make way for homes and roads. It was a traffic mishap, in fact, that took the life of Jimmy's mother. This incident is presented in a nonfrightening way for a young audience who should be heartened by the sight of a "koala ambulance" rushing the new orphan to the hospital. Eventually, with the help of expert hospital workers and the loving, home-based care of a devoted volunteer, Jimmy was strong enough to return to the forest. Young readers will be captivated by his tale and cheer for him and his new loving family. The book's attractive design heightens the Australian setting. An endnote explains that the pages' bright background colors reflect those found on the bark of certain eucalyptus trees, and the photo borders include traditional Aboriginal designs. Helpful features include a map of Australia depicting the koala's range; facts about koalas; notes from the photographer; where one may see koalas in the U.S. and around the world; and ways readers can help these animals. This is a terrific choice for libraries and can be paired with other books about wildlife rescues.—Carol Goldman, Queens Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426313714
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
07/09/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
282,277
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Author DEBORAH LEE ROSE is the author of many children's books, including Ocean Babies published by National Geographic. Her books are among the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, and have twice won the National Association of Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Gold Award. Deborah is a science writer and editor for the renowned Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley. She helped create and blogs for www.howtosmile.org, an award-winning science education/STEM activity site. She is an engaging and experienced speaker for professional conferences and schools on the art and work of writing and the power of words.
 
Author/Photographer SUSAN KELLY is an award winning video journalist, whose multi-award-winning documentary film "Koala Hospital"  inspired the book about Jimmy the Joey's life story.   The film presents the poignant and surprising life of koalas set at the world's first hospital dedicated to koalas.  More information about the book and the film is available at www.koalahospital.com

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