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Congratulations, marsupial parents-to-be! You're about to meet your tiny bundles of joy. They're called joeys. Some are as small as a grain of rice when they're born! Read this book to find out how many babies to expect, how to help them find your pouch, and what those little joeys will do in there all day long. Whether you're a possum or an opossum, a kangaroo or a wallaby, a koala or even a shrieking Tasmanian devil, you'll find answers to all your parenting questions here....
Congratulations, marsupial parents-to-be! You're about to meet your tiny bundles of joy. They're called joeys. Some are as small as a grain of rice when they're born! Read this book to find out how many babies to expect, how to help them find your pouch, and what those little joeys will do in there all day long. Whether you're a possum or an opossum, a kangaroo or a wallaby, a koala or even a shrieking Tasmanian devil, you'll find answers to all your parenting questions here.
Directed at marsupial parents of all kinds, from kangaroos and koalas to possums and bandicoots, this tongue-in-cheek guide to joey development takes it step by step, from the birth of your pinkie to where your baby goes after it leaves the pouch.
Never once dropping the pretense that this is written for pouched mammals, this manages to be both entertaining and informative, defining marsupial and covering gestation periods, size and number of young, the pinkie's trip from cloaca to pouch or pouch substitute, feeding and further development. Heos' question-and-answer text also weaves in information about where animals live and what they eat, but informally—just enough to whet curiosity and to send readers to the solid suggestions for further reading and websites. She uses appropriate vocabulary, making meanings clear in context and also providing a glossary. Jorisch's painted pen-and-ink sketches show lively, lightly anthropomorphized animals and add considerably to the humor. How can readers resist the wombat checking out her pouch or the honey-possum love fest? Both parents and offspring have personality.
This companion to What to Expect When You're Expecting Larvae (2011) is enormously appealing, an offbeat approach to learning about the natural world that targets exactly the stage young readers most want to know about. (glossary, selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-11)
Posted October 22, 2011
My Review: The author gives a step by step guide on marsupial parents. Marsupials gives birth to very tiny babies that sometimes grow in a pouch, like Kangaroos, Virginia opossum, Wallaby, Koalas to name a few. The Kangaroos are mostly found in South America and Australia. The Virginia opossum are the only marsupials found in North America.
Some gives birth to more than 20 but not all survive. She goes on to explain about the pouches most marsupials have to carry their babies in. And not all marsupials have a pouch and not all pouches open at the top.
The book is based on question and answer like, should I make the pouch with paper or cloth and will where will the older babies go when they move out of the pouch? Everything you need to know about marsupial parents and their newborn kids.
I don't know if 4 years old will understand what a marsupial is or will be patience enough to sit and read this book, but I will recommend it for children age 8 and up and classroom teaching.
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
Posted October 21, 2011
Everyone gets a little excited when they know they are going to have a baby, but what DO you DO when you are expecting a joey? Most marsupials live in South America and Australia, but the old down home Virginia opossum can be found in North America. Marsupials are mammals and everyone knows that "they all drink milk from their mothers as babies and have fur or hair on their bodies." Now, back to the joeys now that that information has been given out. When your joey is born (just to make you even more confused than you already are) it is called a pinkie. If you want to know if it will look more like Mom or Dad, it won't at first, but it will later if you really Koala-wanna know.
Take note all southern brown bandicoots, Julie Creek dunnarts, Virginia opossums, and red kangaroos you're going to find out all kinds of information. You'll learn how long pinkies will stay in Mom's belly, how big they are, and how they get to the pouch. Koalas , wombats, marsupial moles, and other underground critters will want to know a bit more about the pouch. Ummm ... which way does it face? Up or down? Sideways? There is hardly a stone unturned in this book and you'll also learn how many babies to expect, what will happen if you don't have a pouch, what those joeys are up to in that pouch, what happens when they get bigger, and things like where your joey goes when it leaves home.
This is an adorably zany, funtastic book all about what marsupial parents need to know about their joeys. The humorous, conversational approach to learning about marsupial pinkies and joeys makes this book easy to read while absorbing information at the same time. There will be more than a few giggles when children read lines like "Aww. Wook at da wittle pinkie!" In this book a little silliness seems to go a long way and makes the material approachable and interesting. The illustrations are very appealing and mesh well with the format. Each section is prefaced by a question a marsupial parent might be wondering about. In the back of the book is a glossary, a select bibliography, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore. There are free downloadable educational resources on the publisher's website.
This book courtesy of the publisher.
Posted July 8, 2011
This book will explain to you nearly everything you have ever wanted to know about marsupial parents and their newborn kids. To start, one must know which animals are marsupials. Most all know about koalas and kangaroos. There are others: possums, opossums, wallabies, wombats and Tasmanian devils are a few. All live in Australia or South America, except one. The Virginia Opossum lives in North America where people often call them giant rats, despite not being a rodent.
The book goes on to explain about the pouches most marsupials have to carry their babies.. How do the babies, called joeys, get into the pouch? What do joeys look like? What happens to the joeys if mother does not have a pouch? While in the pouch, what do the joeys do every day? How long do they remain in their mother's pouch? Will the mother miss her joeys once they leave the pouch? That is not all. The book will also explain what the joeys do, when they are no longer joeys, and on their own.
This is a fascinating book. I never knew the Tasmanian devil was a marsupial or that their joeys screech, bite, pull, and generally fight for food. I picture them twirling in fast circles, like the cartoon, trying to get the most food from mamma. This is not what happens, the twirling in circles part, but it is funny to imagine this happening.
Marsupials are amazing mammals. Not all have a pouch and not all pouches open at the top. How do the joeys stay in that pouch if it opens at the bottom? I picture them hanging on to the opening with one hand, while holding a bottle or a book with the other, calmly drinking or reading as mom moves around. That is not what happens, of course, and the book explains what these joeys really do to hang on.
The pictures do a great job illustrating these concepts and more. Some are nicely shaded and layered while others are bright and pop off the page. All of the illustrations are fun and help our understanding of these wondrous babies. The amount of information in this small book is astounding. There is also a glossary and a bibliography. What to Expect When You Are Expecting Joeys . . . is a good book for kids that are homeschooled, as well as for those that are not. Even adults will enjoy learning about marsupials and their joeys.
Note: received from netgalley, courtesy of the publisher.