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A PLATYPUS, PROBABLY by Sneed B. Collard III

A PLATYPUS, PROBABLY

By Sneed B. Collard III (Author) , Andrew Plant (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 9

Pub Date: July 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-57091-583-0
Publisher: Charlesbridge

Parallel texts and colorful, detailed illustrations introduce the curious Australian mammal, the platypus, to younger readers. Collard presents basic information in short lines; details that are more complex are added on the same page in a smaller font. So while the younger reader learns that this nocturnal Australian mammal breathes air but feeds under water, the older reader learns how long it can stay under while foraging and is introduced to monotremes, mammals that lay eggs and have patches of milk-oozing skin. The reader will learn facts about the history, physiology, feeding behavior, range and reproductive habits, but not find the answer to the basic question: How big is it? The veteran illustrator, trained in zoology, has paid special attention to details of the animal’s habitat in the beautiful double-paged spreads, and brought the platypus back into the child’s world with the final silhouette of a fishing father and son, noticing a ripple in otherwise calm waters. An interesting informational read or read-aloud for the young animal lover. (author’s note, glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)