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Welcome to the world of the wombat! Many readers may never have heard of this nocturnal creature. This excellent digger is Australia's largest burrowing animal. The book Wombats covers all three wombat species, including the common wombat, the southern hairy-nosed wombat, and the endangered northern hairy-nosed wombat. A chapter on the wombat's body discusses its appearance, size, and special features, such as its strong digging claws and its ability to run and swim. Other chapters cover its habitat, including a map, its herbivorous diet, and its life cycle. Like its relative the koala, the wombat carries its young, or joey, in a pouch. Predators, including humans, are also introduced, along with threats to the wombat's environment, such as deforestation, forest fires, and floods, and conservation efforts that are in place. Full-color photographs will draw in readers while showing off the wombat's unique characteristics. Glossary words in bold, phonetic spellings, and an index supplement this easy-to-read text. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
BISACS JNF003140, JNF003320, JNF051150
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Animals, Science & Technology
Copyright 2010
Division Abdo Publishing
Imprint Checkerboard Library
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Season 2010-01-01
ISBN 9781604537406, 9781617849213
Title Format Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks
Dewey 599.2
Graphics Full-color photographs, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 8
Guided Reading Level Q
ATOS Reading Level 4.7
ATOS Interest Level LG
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 134830
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Detailed maps, Glossary of key words, Index, Informative sidebars, Reviewed, and Table of contents
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Nocturnal Animals – Horn Book Guide

Report writers won’t be let down. . . . Each book offers information about the titular species’ habitat, habits, care of young, and threats to survival.

Nocturnal Animals – Library Media Connection

The animals in this series come to life through color photographs, maps, and diagrams. Wide-eyed or eyeless, each animal is depicted [in] their natural habitat which adds an exotic feel to these nocturnal animals. . . . Students will enjoy browsing these books due to the unusual nature and appearance of the animals. Recommended.

Nocturnal Animals – School Library Journal

This high-interest series spotlights a variety of species in diverse geographic locations. The animals represented will be unfamiliar to most readers and will consequently be that much more interesting. Many of the photographs are dark, but that is acceptable considering the nature of the subjects, and is consistent with the mysterious tone maintained in the books. In general, this is a well-organized and balanced series that will appeal to young researchers.

Author: Kristin Petrie