Monday, March 4, 2013

ABOUT MARSUPIALS ~ A GUIDE FOR CHILDREN by Cathryn sill, illustrated by John Sill ~ GIVEAWAY

About the Book

Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what marsupials are, how they look, how they move, what they eat, and where they live.

In this latest book in the acclaimed About… series, educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what marsupials are, how they look, how they move, what they eat, and where they live. Illustrator John Sill introduces readers to a variety of marsupials, from the well-known koala and kangaroo to the less familiar cuscus and quoll. An afterword provides details on the animals featured and inspires young readers to learn more.

  • ISBN-13: 9781561453580
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: About... Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

About Author

Cathryn Sill, a graduate of Western Carolina University, was an elementary school teacher for thirty years. She lives in North Carolina.

About Illustrator

John Sill holds a BS in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. Combining his knowledge of wildlife and artistic skill, John has achieved an impressive reputation as a wildlife artist and received several awards. He lives in North Carolina.

You can visit John Sill’s website here

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About Marsupials is not just a book to entertain a child it will awaken their minds and educate them about marsupials. It will definitely be entertaining, there are so many unusual looking animals. Most of the marsupials are found in Australia.  We are familiar with the Kangaroo and the Koala   Some marsupials may have upward facing pouches and others have pouches that face their back legs in order to safely carry their babies as they grow.  Red-neck Wallaby babies stay in the pouch popping in and out for as long as eight months. 

One marsupial is very common her in the southern part of the United States and that is the Virginia Opossum.  In fact have to bring in the cat food every evening because there is a family of opossums that eat right along with my cats. But they have to beware of my dogs. My dogs scare the opossum so bad the opposum falls over playing possum, that means they pretend they are dead, which really confuses their attackers.

I find it sad to say that some marsupials are extinct and some on the endangered species.  Their habitats being destroyed by humanity.

The author provides information about the characteristics of the marsupials and their habitats.  She also gives facts on what they eat and whether they hunt food during the day, night, or maybe even both.  The author and illustrator put this series together in a way that young children and even adults will enjoy and learn, looking at creatures in a whole new way. The illustrators paintings are so life like I thought they were photo images.  

I highly recommend all of the books in the About ... series.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my honest opinion.

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  1. My girls love to read. Would love to win! Thank you!

    1. Congrats! Krystal you have won a hardcover copy of ABOUT MARSUPIALS for your girls. I will be contacting you shortly.

      Patricia aka Mamaw


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