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The author describes this marsupial, only found in Tasmania, Australia, by taking the reader on a journey with one female, Taz. Unlike the cartoon character, the Tasmanian devil is shown as a scavenger in the Australian forest. This female has to scout the country to find food. As a scavenger, she will eat only carrion. She gives birth to four babies in an abandoned wombat burrow. The babies stay in her pouch until they are fifteen weeks old. They remain in the warm burrow, nursed by their mother, until they are six months old with teeth. The mother protects them from predators, including other female devils. When the babies are nine months old, their mother leaves them to fend for themselves. Only the fittest will survive in the reality of this harsh world. Tasmanian devils have many predators of their own, such as owls. Beautiful pictures complete this fascinating book about one of nature's most unusual animals. The author includes questions in the back of the book. This is part of the "Animal Scavengers" series and would be ideal in the elementary science class. 2005, Lerner Publications Company, Ages 6 to 10.
—Debbie West
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Markle's overviews of jackals, Tasmanian devils, and wolverines skillfully mingle the sights, sounds, and smells of their worlds. She describes the challenges these animals face in foraging for food, maintaining a territory, raising progeny, and using physical attributes to survive in their specialized habitat. The full-color, full-page photos, all from a broad array of archives, clearly support the texts. Laurence Pringle's Jackal Woman (S & S, 1993) and Kathy Darling's Tasmanian Devil (HarperCollins, 1992) offer even more information. These titles are laudable for their readable texts but they lack the edgy brilliance of original photographs to match her smooth visual language.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780822534709
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: Animal Scavengers Series
  • Pages: 39
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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