Kersplatypus (NOOK Comic with Zoom View) [NOOK Book]


When a strange creature appears after the big rains, Australian animals wonder what he could be! His fur, feet, tail, and duck-like bill remind each animal of something different. But with a “down-under” spirit, they all pitch in to help him discover where he belongs. Kersplatypus is the story of one creature’s journey to find his place in the world and how he sometimes falls flat on the way there.
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When a strange creature appears after the big rains, Australian animals wonder what he could be! His fur, feet, tail, and duck-like bill remind each animal of something different. But with a “down-under” spirit, they all pitch in to help him discover where he belongs. Kersplatypus is the story of one creature’s journey to find his place in the world and how he sometimes falls flat on the way there.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

This labored story centers on a small, furry, web-footed creature with a "scoopy duck bill" who appears on the Australian outback after heavy rains without knowing how he got there. He is a novelty to the other animals, one of whom, a blue-tongued skink, snidely comments, "You're the craziest looking thing I've ever seen.... What are you supposed to be?" While attempting to discover where he belongs-in a tree, in the air, on the ground-the lost animal repeatedly falls ("kersplat!"). An old bandicoot finally identifies him as a platypus and the skink derisively dubs him "Kersplatypus." Eventually Platypus feels drawn to the river's edge and, "before you could say 'Waltzing Matilda,' " jumps into the water and "flipped and flopped and felt right at home." The bullying skink gets his comeuppance, falling on a slippery rock with a "kersplash!" Rogers's mixed-media art offers detailed renderings of Australian species, but also anthropomorphizes them: the bandicoot walks with a cane, a possum wears a flower behind her ear, etc. Back matter introduces a schoolroom flavor, with some educational activities and discussion starters ("Has anyone ever made fun of you? Did you like it? What did you do?"). Ages 3-7. (Feb.)

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Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
This delightful tale is sure to be a winner with young readers and listeners. In the tale, Brushtail Possum, Kookaburra, Blue-Tongued Skink, and Wallaby discover an unusual, lovable looking but lost young creature in their habitat. The tale progresses in an easy-to-follow manner with each animal trying to place the creature in its own natural setting. The misplaced creature steals their hearts as they attempt to help it find where it does belong. Along the way, it takes some falls when attempting to climb a tree like Possum, fly like Kookaburra, and jump like Wallaby. The Blue-Tongued Skink rolls with laughter during each failed attempt and it names the creature a Kersplatypus because of all the "Kersplats" it experiences. Finally when Old Bandicoot happens along. He is able to tag the creature correctly as a Platypus and the helpful friends successfully get the creature to the river where it gracefully swims, splashes, and finds its mother. In addition to being an amusing story, the book presents excellent material about Australia by showing the habitats of Australian animals and introducing Australian terms like "walkabout" and "Waltzing Matilda." Detailed, interesting, and humorous illustrations add to the text. Well-written end material offers platypus facts, an adaptation activity, a sorting/classification exercise, and a discussion page about being a bully or a friend. Add this unique book to preschool and elementary grade classrooms. It can supplement geography and social lessons as well as lessons about drawing conclusions from facts that are presented. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

Engineered to fit tidily into the early elementary curriculum and complete with a "For Creative Minds" section of lesson plans and activities for a follow-up, this gentle tale of a lost baby platypus will find a comfortable niche in classrooms. Misled by the creature's mismatched characteristics, several Aussie critters try to fit him into their own specific lifestyles. For example, Brushtail Possum notes that the youngster has fur and claws and postulates that he belongs in a tree. Unfortunately, none of the suggested habitats is correct, leading to one disaster ("kersplat!") after another. Finally, a serendipitous discovery of aquatic skills results in a mother-and-child reunion. Gentle messages abound, and all is gas and gaiters at the finish, with the constantly jeering Blue-Tongued Skink getting his comeuppance. The softly appealing illustrations follow the simple action, with the animals sporting a couple of anthropomorphic touches (Old Bandicoot wears glasses and uses a cane, for example) but definitely adding eye appeal to this tale of a baby's trials and tribulations. Not as smoothly designed as the author's The Rainforest Grew all Around (Sylvan Dell, 2007), Kersplatypus will provide a springboard for discussions on friendship and bullying.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607180258
  • Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/10/2008
  • Series: Kersplatypus , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,224,269
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 510L (what's this?)
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet the Author

Susan K. Mitchell (The Rainforest Grew All Around and Kersplatypus) is a children’s author with many hats in her collection: author, mom, wife, pre-school teacher, and Spanish teacher. Susan loves creating a silly world of words for kids. The idea of Kersplatypus quite literally came from a word she made up when her youngest daughter fell down one day. Surrounded by kids all day, every day, she has no shortage of story ideas. Susan is also the author of two other picture books: The Rainforest Grew All Around and Stone Pizza. She has also written more than fourteen non-fiction chapter books for older readers on topics ranging from entertainment to architecture to animals. Susan, her husband, and two wonderful daughters live outside of Houston with their dog and two crazy cats.

Sherry Rogers spent twelve years as a corporate graphic designer and artist before “leaving it all behind” for the freelance world of illustrating children’s books. Through illustrating The First Fire, Sherry remembers her own ancestor, Na Ni, a Cherokee woman from the mountains of North Carolina. Some of Sherry’s other Sylvan Dell titles include The Penguin Lady, Ten for Me, Hey Diddle Diddle, Newton and Me, Moose and Magpie, Paws, Claws, Hands & Feet, and The Deductive Detective; as well as her award-winning titles: Sort It Out!, Kersplatypus,Burro’s Tortillas, and If You Were a Parrot. Sherry lives in Northern California with her family and their pets.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008

    Fun Learning About Australian Animals

    Down under, in Australia, there is a creature who doesn¿t know who he is or where he belongs. His friends, Bushtail Possum, Wallaby, Blue-Tongued Skink, and Kookaburra kindly try to help him, but he just keeps falling ¿KERSPLAT!¿ Old Bandicoot says he¿s a Platypus, but where does he belong? Young readers will enjoy following Kersplatypus¿ adventures as he searches the Australian landscape for his identity. Author Susan K. Mitchell has brought some of the animals and the geography of Australia alive for children in a most delightful way. The illustrations by Sherry Rogers highlight the story, plus give an extra depth and richness, so that you feel as if your are right there with the animals. The story is not only fun to read, but also informative. The activities in the back give children and classrooms added fun in animal recognition and geography. This book is highly recommended for children ages 3-7.

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