Vibrant full-color photographs and irresistible animal personalities make these unusually appealing nature titles. Sport, an orphaned eastern gray kangaroo adopted by the Melton family, is shown snuggling in a burlap and sheepskin surrogate pouch, riding in a backpack, bottle-feeding, and cuddling and playing with family members. At six months he will go to an animal preserve. Karen, a Queensland koala from a sanctuary in Brisbane, will eventually go to her new home in the San Francisco Zoo. Karen makes her first appearance poking out of her mother's pouch; later she is shown cupped in a human hand, eating, climbing, snuggling, and sleeping. The photo essays, researched and filmed in Australia, follow the daily life of the individual animals and give information on the variety, habits, history, and occurrence of many Australian marsupials. The author discusses conservation and gives specific details of life in the wild and in captivity. The titles provide scientific names and are indexed. Delightful additions to nature shelves.