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A Platypus, Probably Hardcover – July 1, 2005


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Kindergarten-Grade 2–A simple text in a large font describes the history and lifestyle of that problematic assortment of body parts known as the platypus. Paragraphs in smaller print give additional data to satisfy enquiring minds. Physiology, diet, mating, egg-laying, and raising young are among the topics covered in this attractive work, illustrated with realistic acrylic gouache spreads. While similar in scope to Pauline Reilly's Platypus (S & S, 1994), Collard's inviting, informative book on a unique animal is worthy of a place on your shelves.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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K-Gr. 3. This informational picture book introduces the platypus, which lives only in Australia, and describes the physical characteristics and behaviors of this unusual animal. Comparing its appearance in water to that of a lizard and a beaver, Collard explains that the platypus is a toothless, egg-bearing mammal that lives in and around streams, burrows in the earth for a safe place to sleep and bear young, and finds its food by sensing electricity in the bodies of its animal prey. The main text, in large type, includes the everyday experiences of a female platypus that mates and raises her young, while text in smaller typeface offers added facts. Richly detailed and atmospheric, the acrylic-and-gouache paintings illustrate the text with many large-scale, horizontal spreads. On the last page, the author discusses efforts to save the platypus and other monotremes by restoring their habitats. A glossary and one Web site are appended. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570915830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570915833
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,400,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Irina Hynes on August 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
The perfect book for kids who ask, "What is the weirdest animal on earth?" Each two-page layout has larger descriptive text on top, and smaller text with more scientific facts on the bottom. Nice illustrations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on September 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully illustrated book about one of the most curious creatures in the animal kingdom. The platypus, famous for laying eggs and nursing their young has defied categorization for centuries. This book follows the history and evolution of the platypus and provides a rich description of the animal's lifestyle and life cycle.

An interesting note - platypus are called monotremes, which means an egg laying mammal. That is a catch all because mammalia have to a) have hair on some part of their bodies; b) be warm-blooded and c) give live birth and nurse their young. According to this book, monotremes were the precursor to the modern mammals and only the platypus and 2 kinds of echidnas remain today. Monotremes do not have teats to suckle their young; instead they have 2 milk pouches of skin on their stomachs which drips into the mouths of their young.

This book will undoubtedly delight all ages and has a plethora of very interesting information.
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By J. Cottrell on April 7, 2009
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I bought this for my son before he went to the literature festival where this author was. My son has a thing for platypuses. Finding this book was great. He loves non-fiction with pictures written in a web page style. He has shared this book with his entire class. It's too bad it isn't in Accelerated Reader. He would really love it then.
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