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If My Mom Were A Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers Paperback – May 25, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Platypus Media; English Language edition (May 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930775199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930775190
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Explores the birth experience...of 13 mammals, humorously reminding us of shared experiences. Illustrations provide a realistic view of animals. -- Washington Parent Magazine, May 2002, Mary Quattlebaum

This book is very interesting and informative. Much of the information is fascinating. Glossary, index, activity guide available. -- Ann Widdrczyk, South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative

enjoy this opportunity to discover the fascinating facts that celebrate the wonders of birth in the animal kingdom. -- Kathleen Orosz, Children's Literature Comprehensive Database --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

The animal kingdom offers a special fascination for children because so many of the cozy rituals they share at home are echoed in nature. In this beguiling approach to biology, middle graders can learn how animals eat, sleep and learn from birth to maturity. Fourteen species including the Least Shrew, the Mexican Free-Tailed Bat and the Hooded Seal are presented in detailed illustrations and a scrupulously researched text. The writing is appropriate for eight year olds but interest holds for older children as well. Activity guide available. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Dia L. Michels is an award-winning internationally published science and parenting writer, she is the author or editor of over a dozen books for both children and adults. Her books have been translated into Spanish, Dutch, Hebrew, Chinese, and Korean. She lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC, with her husband, their three children, four cats and a dog.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My three year old daughter loves this book. The book tells how different mammals are born, nursed, grow, eat, etc. It is really fascinating [I found it very interesting myself]. While the book is long and written for a much older audience, it still held my young daughter's attention [though we read only a few pages at a time]. The book is very educational and would be especially nice for families who breastfeed. It ends with the birth of a human mammal and tells how the baby is born and nursed and grows etc. This is a really neat book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan Emdin Osmun on November 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The book, 'If My Mom Were A Platypus'was written by Dia L. Michels. It provides a nice introduction to 13 animals (including humans), and provides basic information regarding birth, growth, diet, and other interesting scientific facts. Written from the point of view of the newborn animal and it's mother, the book is targeted towards upper elementary and middle school audiences. However, it can be enjoyed by younger children. It makes a good family readaloud and can be used for basic research. The illustrations are realistic and colorful, and the book includes a glossary and index.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KATHLEEN E KAIN on October 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If My Mom Were A Platypus is an entrancing children's book covering all sorts of animal babies-platypus, koala, lion, orangutan, whale, shrew and more. The beautifully-illustrated text pulls in children by pretending they are the baby. If My Mom Were A Platypus describes in detail how different babies eat, learn, grow and mature. This fact-loaded book delights both adults and children and is extraordinarily hard to put down. Even the ending is superb. Includes glossary and index and highlights endangered or threatened species. Activity guides are available at PlatypusMedia.com. Perfect for school or home use. Ages 4-adult.
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This is an easy to understand, well written book. It has good drawings as well. The brief introduction to each mammal is exactly what I was looking for to get the kids started on researching each mammal. I like it includes mammals from the subclasses prototheria, metatheria, and eutheria. It is a cute little book!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By susan Anne smith on May 25, 2013
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Was it important that more than US animals were used? I loved the story about the human baby and were animals used because talking about human birth and breastfeeding is something to hide?
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