Amazon.com - D. Fowler, Dragonfly77
"If you just happened to be walking in the Australian Outback you could be walking over the wombat's home and never realize it. The wombat is well equipped to burrow with "strong front paws" and her "powerful hind feet." Her burrow, which is typically about twelve feet (3.7 meters long), not only protects her from her natural predators, but also keeps her cool during the day. At the end of her tunnel is "cozy room lined with bark" where she sleeps away her days. Wombats are nocturnal and will emerge from her burrow to forage for food for many hours. The wombat is a marsupial (nonplacental mammal) who marks their territories with their scent. When it is time to mate, the male will find the female by tracking her scent.
After mating "the female chases the male away" and in approximately a month she will cuddle up in her bark lined room and have her baby. This newborn "is the size of a small bean," is deaf, blind and cannot fend for herself. She makes her way into her mother's pouch where she will nurse and spend the next seven months. This little one will then emerge from the pouch and quickly learns to walk. In this wonderful book you will learn about the wombat's physical characteristics, their habitat, what they eat, their scientific classification, their predators, how long the baby stays with its mother, their territorial instincts and more!
This is a very well written and researched book that even the most reluctant reader will stick his or her nose in and won't come out for a long time. In the front of the book there is a page with the basic facts about the common wombat. On the next page it is as if one stepped into the pages of a storybook instead of a textbook. This makes meeting the wombat or any other animal in this series a very pleasant and fun experience. There are numerous informative captions scattered throughout the book. For example, when you see the wombat foraging in the night, you can read the statement "Wombats, bats, and possums are nocturnal animals. They are active mainly at night." The stunning cut paper illustrations are simply amazing. In the back of the book is a map detailing where the wombat lives, a section of "Wombat Fun Facts," a glossary, an index and additional recommended book and web site resources (FactHound Book). Can the wombat dig a tunnel 100 feet long? If you don't know the answer, you just might want to read this book!
http://www.amazon.com/Wombats-World-Caroline-Arnolds-Animals/dp/1404839860/ref=cm_cr-mr-title" - Amazon.com
September 20, 2009