If My Mom Were a Platypus.
If My Mom Were a Platypus
Dia L. Michels, author
Andrew Barthelmes, illustrator
725 Eighth Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
9781938492112, $12.95, www.ScienceNaturally.com
"If My Mom Were a Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers" is a re-release of an award-winning title by a new publisher, 13 years after its original publication date. Recommended by National Science Teachers Association, this 64 page color illustrated classic describes 14 different mammals who tell their own life stories, growing from a tiny helpless infant creature to an independent healthy adult or child. Here we have the life cycle stories of a baby platypus, an African elephant, a koala from Australia, a golden lion tamarind monkey, a Pacific gray whale, a least shrew, a hooded seal, a Mexican free-tailed bat, an African lion, a polar bear, a hippopotamus, an orangutan, and a human being. Each illustrated birth story follows a sequence of answers to crucial questions: How were you born? How did you grow? What do you know? What do you eat? And other extra fascinating facts are included at the end of each baby's story. Especially educational is the creative activity guide provided free of charge by Science, Naturally! to book buyers, parents and educators. "If My Mom Were a Platypus" is a thriving classic that begs to be rediscovered by tomorrow's children, especially appealing for audiences ages 8-12, in grades 3-6. Available in paperback and eBook editions.