The small, brown furry platypus lives in natural lakes, rivers and streams in Australia. This educational book brings readers into the life of the platypus revealing their body structure, feeding and reproductive habits. The playpus, once an endangered species, is now protected by law. Readers will enjoy unusual photos of the platypus in action, as well as illustrations of their lifestyle.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-4Short describes the unique physical characteristics, habits, and habitat of the platypus. Color photographs and drawings are used throughout the one- and two-page chapters to amplify the narrative. An unlabeled map shows the animal's range, and a cross-section drawing of its underground burrow illustrates how it builds a dwelling for protection, sleeping, and raising its young. A description of this mammal's habitat includes a mild warning about the importance of protecting creeks, rivers, and lakes. This book provides more information than Toni Eugene's Koalas & Kangaroos: Strange Animals of Australia (National Geographic, 1981; o.p.), which has only one paragraph and two photographs about the platypus. An easy-to-follow introduction to a fascinating animal.Frances E. Millhouser, Chantilly Regional Library, VA