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Platypus ➣ [Epub] ➝ Platypus By Sue Whiting ➭ – Thomashillier.co.uk Meet the puzzling platypus A lively narrative and engaging illustrations follow a fascinating creature that defies categorizationThere it is a giant duckbill emerging from a burrow But this animal has Meet the puzzling Platypus A lively narrative and engaging illustrations follow a fascinating creature that defies categorizationThere it is a giant duckbill emerging from a burrow But this animal has fur — and walks low to the ground with claws and a wide flat tail like a beaver When it swims it looks like a miniature crocodile and when faced with threats it keeps its snakelike venom at the ready And did you know that the female Platypus lays eggs Follow a most unusual mammal as it leaves its home and travels through the night gliding past wallabies and evading a hungry fox — hurrying scurrying always busy always looking for a meal.

About the Author: Sue Whiting

A former primary school teacher with a special interest in literacy education and children’s literature Sue Whiting has worked in the publishing industry for almost twenty years both as an author and editor of books for children and young adults Sue has written numerous books in a variety of genres fiction and nonfiction picture books through to YA and is published in Australia and internati.

10 thoughts on “Platypus

  1. Dale Dale says:

    Excellent model text use of descriptive writing adjectives verbs adverbs etc

  2. Joanne Roberts Joanne Roberts says:

    This book is illustrated with painterly realistic art in muted tones The narrative follows a platypus as he moves about his environment defining words and focusing on his unusual attributes The tone is comfortable easy to read and understand An interesting introduction to the platypus for elementary age

  3. Library_geek Library_geek says:

    This book captures this beautiful native Australian animal in all its beauty the Platypus 'Hurrying Scurrying Always moving Always busy Always looking for a meal Platypus is perpetual motion – never still' These poetic words capture the life of the mysterious platypus who reside in their freshwater dwellings hiding in their burrows on the banksAs you turn each page you discover that in the murky waters lie little surprises like dragonflies that I see from the corner of my eye the bats that are hanging from trees and a Yabby crawling in the shallows True to their nature you barely notice the platypus as it peaks the very top of its bill above the water before it begins moving again foraging for foodThe illustrations are indescribable uniue and beautiful to the eye Mark Jackson appears to have used a certain palate of colours which are almost camouflaging and further respects the true nature of the platypus habitat The illustrator was the perfect choice for this bookThis beautifully and factually correct book can be used in two ways as a non fiction information source and as a story book The large words are poetic and designed to be read in the form of a story and the smaller words are read as prose The information is not only factual but gives some history and a key date that explains the first and somewhat disbelieved sighting of this uniue animalThe writer has captured the rare beauty that the platypus is and clearly respects and understands this animal and has the right words to share this with the reader I appreciate that the author has given a short but thorough write up at the back of the book aptly titled The Puzzling Platypus This title reminds you of how remarkable the platypus is very few are seen in the wild but when you do spy the shy monotreme it is a magical momentI agree with the age recommendation for this book of 5 and above There are some tricky words which even the 5 year old will find hard to understand and some of the topics in the book may reuire further conversation with the younger reader The book is a wonderful source of learning and a book that would make a much loved one on one readYou can find my review on my blog at received this book from the publisher Walker Books in exchange for an honest review This does not affect the content of my review

  4. Beth Anderson Beth Anderson says:

    Platypus is packed full of interesting information about a very strange animal but the book never feels like an informational text The rich lyrical descriptions of the animal and habitat are accompanied by sidebars providing scientific details The platypus’s world comes alive in the illustrations and language as the author slowly reveals the features of this puzzling creature and follows it through its day Several other “Nature Storybooks” are available in the series as well

  5. Nancy Nancy says:

    A beautiful book about a fascinating creature Australian illustrator Mark Jackson brings the platypus alive in his impressionistic earth tone illustrations A great read with A Platypus Probably by Sneed Collard

  6. Linnea Linnea says:

    Excellent writing Great for developing sophisticated vocabulary

  7. Margie Margie says:

    There are animals native to very specific places regardless of climate Polar bears are only found in the Arctic regions Their counterparts penguins are only seen in the southern hemisphere The Galapagos pink land iguana is native only on Wolf volcano Isabela Island labeled as critically endangered Within the moist mountain areas of Venezuela lives the pebble toad; named for its uniue defense strategy of folding its body into a ball and rolling away from predatorsWithin the continent of Australia are a wide variety of fauna found nowhere else in the world Most but not all marsupials make their home there Platypus Candlewick Press February 23 2016 written by Sue Whiting with illustrations by Mark Jackson presents a fascinating look at an astonishing creatureMy full recommendation

  8. Laura Giessler Laura Giessler says:

    I learned facts that I didn't know about the platypus like that it is venomous and toothless I would have loved to see a diagram of these stiff plates inside their bills and in general I was wishing that the illustrations were clearer providing detail I was also bothered that the two different fonts were not uite distinct enough setting one apart as narrative and the other as factual information Still much good information to be learned from this book I suggest reading the note at the back the Puzzling Platypus first to cover some basic information and to provide context Also provides an index so that children can look up specific details about the platypus

  9. Carolyn Combs Carolyn Combs says:

    A marvelous book about a marvelous creature Sue Whiting takes the reader through a busy night with a male platypus as he forages grooms evades a fox and finally returns to his den to rest The engaging lyrical prose is accompanied by clear factual text that conveys a plethora of information about platypuses including all the ways that their biology is so unusual The earth toned illustrations by Mark Jackson reinforce the uiet captivating mood A delightful book to share aloud with youngsters ages 5 9 or for them to use for research

  10. Laura Salas Laura Salas says:

    This is like a wonderful nature program on TV with a narrator doing voice over Love the information The watercolor art totally fits the odd character and setting My only nitpick is that I wish the two fonts were distinct For leveled text they are too similar Other than that wow The verbs The voice FabulousNight settles in Frogs croon to the starry sky Thirsty wallabies appear at the creek edge to drink Under the cover of darkness Platypus rides the current performs back flips rolls over and over and over

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