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What is a marsupial?
Kalman, Bobbie.
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Publication Information:
New York : Crabtree, 2000.
Physical Description:
32 pages ; 25 cm.
Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, and habitat of the main types of marsupials and the differences between them and placental mammals, including reproduction, gestation, and birth.
Reading Level:
NC 930 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.4 1.0 36323.

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Central Library QL737.M3 K36 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
Clarence Library QL737.M3 K36 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Clearfield Library QL737.M3 K36 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Grand Island Library QL737.M3 K36 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library QL737.M3 K36 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library QL737.M3 K36 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Marsupials are the only mammals that have a pouch on their body in which they carry their young. Most of these amazing animals live in Australia, where they have adapted to the harsh conditions of life in the outback. In What is a Marsupial children will learn astounding facts about marsupials, including:*the important differences between marsupials and placentals*how kangaroos, koalas, wombats, Tasmanian devils, opossums, and bilbies are related*how marsupials reproduce and raise their young*the ways in which they hunt and feed*why some marsupials are in danger

Author Notes

Bobbie Kalman was born in Hungary in 1947. She escaped with her family to Austria during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. The family spent several weeks there as refugees before immigrating to North America. Her book, Refugee Child, is based on this account. She has degrees in English, psychology and education, and has taught at both the elementary and secondary level. She has also worked as an educational assistant for several publishing companies. She is the author and publisher of over 800 books for children. Her books are sought after because she writes within specific curriculum needs, making the titles very popular in schools and public libraries. Her works include The Early Settler Life series, The Historic Communities series, The Native Nations of North America series, The Lands, Peoples, and Cultures series, and The Science of Living Things series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-The first book examines ways that animals' bodies and/or behavior help them survive in particular habitats. Types of adaptation include camouflage, hibernation, and migration. The second entry looks at the group of animals that includes the kangaroo, koala, and opossum. The last title covers various methods of locomotion such as swimming, flying, and jumping. In all three books, a two-page spread is devoted to a particular topic. Though none of the information is oversimplified, it is rather generalized. For example, in Marsupial, only one page is devoted to the opossum and it includes a discussion of varieties found in other countries as well as the North American species. A combination of color photographs and drawings adequately illustrate the texts. Though the information provided is simple, the language is a bit too difficult for the newly independent readers whom Kalman seems to be targeting. Many of the scientific terms are boldfaced and defined in the text and/or in the glossary, but there isn't much consistency as to which ones are defined where. Of the three books, Marsupials is the most successful, mainly because it has the narrowest scope. However, none of these offerings is in-depth enough to serve as a primary source for reports. All three are best suited to youngsters looking for brief answers to satisfy their curiosity and casual browsers who are animal enthusiasts.-Arwen Marshall, formerly at New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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