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Easy-to-read text and oversized, striking photos set in a colorful design introduce young readers to the platypus! Readers will learn about the platypus's unique body features, diet, social behavior, habitat, predators, and ways of defense. They will also learn about the life of a baby platypus, from egg to independence. Shaded territory maps highlight areas of Australia the platypus calls home. Fun facts appear throughout, and the book closes with a full page of kid-friendly platypus facts. This title will leave readers with a deeper appreciation of the land down under and the incredible platypus! A table of contents, a glossary with phonetic spellings, and an index are included. Big Buddy BOOKS is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
BISACS JNF003140, JNF038030, JNF025040
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Animals, Geography
Copyright 2012
Division Abdo Publishing
Imprint Big Buddy Books
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Season 2011-09-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.4
Reading Counts! Quiz 56798
Reading Counts! Points 2.0
ISBN 9781617830136, 9781617878718
Title Format Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks
Dewey 599.2
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 9.25 x 8
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 3.6
ATOS Interest Level LG
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 147007
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Detailed maps, Glossary of key words, Index, Reviewed, and Table of contents
Online Resources FREE! Booklinks Nonfiction Network

Australian Animals – Library Media Connection

Visually pleasing pages filled with full color photographs and highlighted by informational balloons will entice students. The size, format, amount of information, layout, and design of this series are just right for primary grade beginning researchers. Recommended.

Australian Animals – Horn Book Guide

Clear writing and simple vocabulary make it a useful choice for independent reading. Occasional “Uncovered!” sidebars along with close-up photos of the friendly looking title animal enhance the volume.

Australian Animals – School Library Journal

Each volume begins with an explanation of continental drift, so readers can understand why Australia’s animals are unique, and includes a spread of general information about the “Continent Down Under.” Students learn about the featured animal’s range, size, physical characteristics, diet, life cycle, and obstacles to survival. Some of the most interesting tidbits can be found in a fascinating-facts section near the end of every book. . . . One or two large color photographs grace each spread, along with a few paragraphs of text and “Uncovered!” side boxes that look like they are popping through the page. This is a high-interest topic; these books will likely attract browsers as well as researchers.

Author: Julie Murray