THERE’S AN OPOSSUM IN MY BACKYARD by Gary Bogue

THERE’S AN OPOSSUM IN MY BACKYARD

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

When a baby opossum falls off its mother’s back, it’s the start of a suburban backyard adventure for the little marsupial—and for the Green family who owns the yard. The opossum learns to take care of itself, using its instincts and adaptations to fend off predators and enemies, foraging for food and even finding a cozy spot for a nest in the garage. Throughout, Bogue seamlessly weaves fascinating facts about the only marsupial native to North America. For instance, when an opossum faints, or plays dead, a gland in its tail produces a scent that fools predators into thinking it’s dead. Todd’s watercolor-and-ink illustrations will familiarize young readers with the world from an opossum’s point of view. While his depiction of the Green family is somewhat stilted, the opossum is rendered in impressive detail, right down to each toe and claw. Backmatter includes more information about opossums, as well as a book and website list for further reading. A good starting place for those curious about the opossums in their own backyards. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-59714-059-1
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Heyday
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2007




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