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Moyal, Ann. Platypus; the extraordinary story of how a curious creature baffled the world.

MOYAL, Ann. Platypus; the extraordinary story of how a curious creature baffled the world. Johns Hopkins Univ. Press. 226p. illus. bibliog. index. c2001. 08018-8052-1. $16.95. JSA

This book about one of the world's most unique animals is written at an academic level, but is clear enough for a serious young person to read. It is filled with beautiful illustrations and drawings, and there is even a story from the Australian aborigines about this animal. The reader will learn not only about the platypus, but also the history of science in categorizing living beings. Moyal includes remarkable stories about some giants in the naturalist field, such as Charles Darwin, George Bennett and J.T. Wilson, which brings a human touch to the story. Nola Theiss, Sanibel, FL

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.

A--Recommended for advanced students and adults. This code will help librarians and teachers working in high schools where there are honors and advanced placement students. This also will help extend KLIATT's usefulness in public libraries.
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Author:Theiss, Nola
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Date:May 1, 2005
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