Dive and swim. Spin and swoop. The platypus loves to play!
Beginning readers will dive right into this simple, Step 2 nonfiction book about one of the most unique animals on earth.
One of the most interesting animals on the plant, the platypus has a strong tail, thick, slick fur, and is about the size of a cat. They make their nests near water, and, though they are mammals, they lay eggs about the size of gumballs. The text explains how platypuses swim, search for food, and make their homes. The author also explains how platypuses defend their homes from predators and shows female platypuses teaching their children how to swim and hunt for food. The information provided gives an adequate first look at these very interesting creatures and the large font and simple text is easy to understand and quite appropriate for beginning readers. In addition, difficult words are provided by a pronunciation guide. The full color illustrations showcase the platypus in each scenario presented in the book, and the illustrations will assist children in understanding unfamiliar words and the action narrated in the text. Platypus is in level two of the "Step into Reading" series. 2004, Random House, Ages 6 to 7.