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If My Mom Were A Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers

If My Mom Were A Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers

by Dia L. Michels


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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938492112
Publisher: Science, Naturally!
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

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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

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