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A Wombat's World

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After spending seven months in his mother’s pouch, a baby wombat is finally ready to face the world. He cautiously takes his first steps. His mother uses her strong claws to dig up grasses and roots for him to eat. Follow this mammal as he grows and prepares to dig a tunnel for his own home.
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Overview

After spending seven months in his mother’s pouch, a baby wombat is finally ready to face the world. He cautiously takes his first steps. His mother uses her strong claws to dig up grasses and roots for him to eat. Follow this mammal as he grows and prepares to dig a tunnel for his own home.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Exotic animals are a favorite topic with many young readers. Here, they have the chance to learn about an Australian marsupial, the common wombat. The book begins with a female wombat that mates and gives birth a month later. It follows the baby wombat as it pulls itself into its mother's pouch, grows and leaves the pouch. It continues through the baby wombat's childhood, including play, feeding, care, learning, and more. From the first page to the last, Arnold's soft-edged, cut paper illustrations seem to convey a warmth of feeling between the mother wombat and her child. Includes a map of Australia with markers indicating where each of the three kinds of wombats can be found, as well as two lists of fast facts about them, a glossary, an index, and lists of books and web sites for finding out more. Part of "Caroline Arnold's Animals" series. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Each of these books describes one Australian mammal. Arnold opens with a brief entry stating where the mammal lives and its habitat, food, length, weight, animal class, and scientific name. Her narrative of a female's life from birthing preparations through raising the young cleverly contrasts with distinctly hued boxes of fast facts, such as the length of a platypus's burrow or size of a newborn wombat. Along the way, readers will also learn to identify other species in the biome, via captioned images. In both titles, the cut-paper illustrations in scenic spreads feature a night-time palette of indigo, olive, mocha, and burnt sienna. Back matter includes a map of the habitat, six fun facts, and instructions for accessing FactHound's site to research related topics. Visually engaging and brimming with data, these books are perfect for reports on these animals or the Australian continent.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404839861
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Kingdom Classification Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Arnold is the author of 150 books for children. Her many honors include awards from the American Library Association, P.E.N., the National Science Teachers Association, and the Washington Post / Children's Book Guild. Caroline’s interest in animals and the outdoors began when she was a child growing up in Minnesota. After majoring in art and literature at Grinnell College in Iowa, she received her M.A. in art from the University of Iowa. Caroline lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Art, a neuroscientist.

Caroline Arnold is the author of 150 books for children. Her many honors include awards from the American Library Association, P.E.N., the National Science Teachers Association, and the Washington Post / Children's Book Guild. Caroline’s interest in animals and the outdoors began when she was a child growing up in Minnesota. After majoring in art and literature at Grinnell College in Iowa, she received her M.A. in art from the University of Iowa. Caroline lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Art, a neuroscientist.

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