The animal kingdom offers a special fascination for children because so many of the cozy rituals they share at home are echoed in nature. All mammal mothers feed, protect, and teach their young— tasks that often challenge their own needs for survival. With beautiful illustrations and inventive text, this fascinating introduction reveals how fourteen mammals’ babies travel the path from helpless infant to self-sufficient adults. If My Mom were a Platypus is also available in Spanish, Hebrew, and Dutch.
Dia L. Michels is an award-winning internationally published science and parenting writer, she is the author or editor of over a dozen books for both children and adults. Her books have been translated into Spanish, Dutch, Hebrew, Chinese, and Korean. A popular speaker, she lectures frequently at conferences, universities, libraries, and schools around the country. She teaches classes on mammal reproduction and lactation at children’s and science museums around the U.S. and is a commentator for Public Radio, International. Her articles have been published in People, Parenting, Mothering, Parents, Baby Talk, Family Fun, Nurturing, and the Washington Post. She lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC, with her husband, Tony Gualtieri, their three children, and four cats and a dog. Andrew Barthelmes, illustrator of If My Mom Were a Platypus, and designer of I Was Born to Be a Brother and many other projects, is a New York based illustrator and graphic designer. A graduate of The School of Visual Arts, his illustrations have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ladies' Home Journal, Street & Smith's Sports, and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to the Platypus book, he also illustrated Herman the Loudmouth. He has been a children's book designer for Random House, Inc. and is currently creating new children's books for Reader's Digest. He lives in Peekskill, NY with his wife Barbara, and new baby, Julia.
Innovators in Action: Leonardo da Vinci Gets a Do-Over ISBN 13: 978-0-9678020-6-0 Table of Contents Why I Wrote This Book 15 Prologue 17 Chapter 1: The Meeting 21 Chapter 2: The Adventure Begins 35 Chapter 3: The Awakening 43 Chapter 4: The Bicycle 49 Chapter 5: The Department Store 61 Chapter 6: The Afternoon 69 Chapter 7: The Plan 83 Chapter 8: The Airplane 87 Chapter 9: The New Challenge 101 Chapter 10: The Entertainer 111 Chapter 11: A Lesson Learned 127 Chapter 12: The University 137 Chapter 13: Back Home 155 Chapter 14: The Final Adventure 169 Who was the Real Leonardo da Vinci? 187 Continue Reading about Leonardo da Vinci 189 Glossary 193 Index 201