There's an Opossum in My Backyardby Gary Bogue, Chuck Todd (Illustrator)
A baby opossum falls off her mother's back and finds herself in a strange new worlda suburban backyard. As the Green family and the opossum become acquainted with each other, the adventurous creature learns to sneak food from the dog bowl, avoid capture by an owl, and make friends with other wildlife along the way. From the team who created the popular urban
A baby opossum falls off her mother's back and finds herself in a strange new worlda suburban backyard. As the Green family and the opossum become acquainted with each other, the adventurous creature learns to sneak food from the dog bowl, avoid capture by an owl, and make friends with other wildlife along the way. From the team who created the popular urban wildlife guide The Raccoon Next Door comes a story introducing one of California's most adorable and intriguing critters.
Gr 2-4- Through a series of vignettes, readers learn about a year in the life of a lost baby opossum that lives in Nathan's backyard. Bogue does a terrific job of blending facts about all of the animals that enter the story-an owl, snakes, and other creatures. The family members are great stewards of nature-while they observe the opossum, they never try to rescue it or interact with it (except when it makes its way into their house). Todd's illustrations are serviceable, but are full of angled perspectives that can detract from the well-written text. Still, children will enjoy the story and be surprised at how much they've learned about this animal.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Heyday Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.12(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.43(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Illustrator and visual journalist Chuck Todd is the presentation editor at the Contra Costa Times. An award-winning newspaper illustrator, his artwork has been exhibited at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in addition to other venues across the west coast. A portfolio of Chuck's work can be seen at www.chucktodd.net.
Gary Bogue was curator of the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, California, from 1967 to 1979. For thirty-two years he has written a popular daily column on pets, wildlife, and environmental issues for the Contra Costa Times. He lives in Benicia, California, with his wife, two cats, a parrot, and a cockatoo.
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