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Australian Animals Australian Animals

The continent of Australia is home to an extraordinary variety of wildlife, most of it found nowhere else in the world. Tasmanian devils, koalas, and echidnas make their homes in Australia's leafy forests and woodlands. Other animals, such as kangaroos and wombats, inhabit dry grasslands. Still more species, like the bilbies, live in the hot desert, while along the southern coast fairy penguins parade to their burrows in the sand. In this book readers will learn how each animal--from dingo to glider, quoll to crocodile--is able to adapt to its own special environment in the wild.

Caroline Arnold learned about Australian animals on a recent trip to that continent where she had the opportunity to observe the animals both in zoos and in the wild. The format of Australian Animals is similar to her previous books African Animals (Morrow Junior Books, 1997) and South American Animals (Morrow Junior Books, 1999) with large color photos of each species and text that highlights a few of the animals special characteristics.

Many kinds of snakes live in Australia. Here's how you can make your own Curly-Cue Snake. curly cue snake Click here for a printable picture of this project.

The following animals are featured in Australian Animals:

  • Marsupials: Koalas, Possums, Gliders, Tasmanian Devils, Quolls, Kangaroos, Wombats, Bilbies
  • Monotremes: Platypuses, Echidnas
  • Placental mammals: Bats, Dingoes, Sea Lions
  • Reptiles: Snakes,Lizards
  • Birds: Penguins, Emus, Rainbow Lorikeets, Kookaburras
  • Related Books

    Other books by Caroline Arnold about Australian wildlife:

  • A Koala's World (Picture Window Books, 2008)
  • A Kangaroo's World (Picture Window Books, 2008)
  • A Platypus' World (Picture Window Books, 2008)
  • A Wombat's World (Picture Window Books, 2008)
  • Koala (Morrow Junior Books, 1987)
  • Kangaroo (Morrow Junior Books, 1987)
  • A Walk on the Great Barrier Reef (Carolrhoda Books, 1989)
  • Ostriches and other Flightless Birds (Carolrhoda Books, 1990) Includes a section on emus and cassowaries.
  • Dinosaurs Down Under (Clarion Books, 1992) A book about extinct Australian animals.
  • Children's Projects
  • To get ideas for projects and activities about coral reefs look in the March/April 2000 issue of Copycat Magazine
  • Reviews
    School Library Journal

    Arnold divides her well-organized text into sections that cover the four diverse biomes that are found on the Australian continent and focuses on particular creatures that inhabit these areas. The two-paragraph text describing each of the 17 animals is encased in a beige block to set it off from the full-color photographic background. Striking, close-up photos complement the author's comments.