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Kersplatypus
ISBN: 9781934359075
Author: Mitchell, Susan K./ Rogers, Sherry (ILT)
Publisher: Arbordale Pub
Published: February 2008
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Annotation: When a strange little creature appears out of nowhere after the big rains, Australian animals wonder what in the world he could possibly be! His fur, feet, tail, and duck-like bill remind each animal of something different. But with a ?down-under? spirit, they all pitch in to help him discover where he belongs. Kersplatypus is the story of one creature's journey to find his place in the world and how he sometimes falls flat on the way there. A heart-warming story with an unmistakable Aussie flare, Kersplatypus proves that with a little determination (and some really good friends) you can pick yourself up when you fall and keep on going.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | Australia & Oceania
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World
Library of Congress Subjects:
Platypus; Fiction.
Identity; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2008005433
Lexile Measure: 510
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Series: Arbordale Collection
Book type: Easy Fiction
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Australia & Oceania
Target Age Group: Age 6-7
Target Grade: Grade 1-2
Grade level: Grade 1-2
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 8.50" L x 0.25" W
Lexile Level: 510
Bargain Category: Early Elementary, Animals, Picture Books
Grade level(s): 1st, 2nd
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 119028
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q46975
Reading Level: 2.8   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
When a strange little creature appears out of nowhere after the big rains, Australian animals wonder what in the world he could possibly be His fur, feet, tail, and duck-like bill remind each animal of something different. But with a ?down-under? spirit, they all pitch in to help him discover where he belongs. Kersplatypus is the story of one creature's journey to find his place in the world and how he sometimes falls flat on the way there. A heart-warming story with an unmistakable Aussie flare, Kersplatypus proves that with a little determination (and some really good friends) you can pick yourself up when you fall and keep on going.

Contributor Bio(s): Susan K. Mitchell is a children’s author with many hats in her collection: author, mom, wife, pre-school teacher, and Spanish teacher. Susan loves creating a silly world of words for kids. The idea of Kersplatypus quite literally came from a word she made up when her youngest daughter fell down one day. Surrounded by kids all day, every day, she has no shortage of story ideas. Susan is also the author of two other picture books: The Rainforest Grew All Around and Stone Pizza. She has also written more than fourteen non-fiction chapter books for older readers on topics ranging from entertainment to architecture to animals. Susan, her husband, and two wonderful daughters live outside of Houston with their dog and two crazy cats.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2008 February #2)

This labored story centers on a small, furry, web-footed creature with a "scoopy duck bill" who appears on the Australian outback after heavy rains without knowing how he got there. He is a novelty to the other animals, one of whom, a blue-tongued skink, snidely comments, "You're the craziest looking thing I've ever seen.... What are you supposed to be?" While attempting to discover where he belongs—in a tree, in the air, on the ground—the lost animal repeatedly falls ("kersplat! "). An old bandicoot finally identifies him as a platypus and the skink derisively dubs him "Kersplatypus." Eventually Platypus feels drawn to the river's edge and, "before you could say 'Waltzing Matilda,' " jumps into the water and "flipped and flopped and felt right at home." The bullying skink gets his comeuppance, falling on a slippery rock with a "kersplash! " Rogers's mixed-media art offers detailed renderings of Australian species, but also anthropomorphizes them: the bandicoot walks with a cane, a possum wears a flower behind her ear, etc. Back matter introduces a schoolroom flavor, with some educational activities and discussion starters ("Has anyone ever made fun of you? Did you like it? What did you do?"). Ages 3-7. (Feb.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 August)

K-Gr 3— Engineered to fit tidily into the early elementary curriculum and complete with a "For Creative Minds" section of lesson plans and activities for a follow-up, this gentle tale of a lost baby platypus will find a comfortable niche in classrooms. Misled by the creature's mismatched characteristics, several Aussie critters try to fit him into their own specific lifestyles. For example, Brushtail Possum notes that the youngster has fur and claws and postulates that he belongs in a tree. Unfortunately, none of the suggested habitats is correct, leading to one disaster ("kersplat!") after another. Finally, a serendipitous discovery of aquatic skills results in a mother-and-child reunion. Gentle messages abound, and all is gas and gaiters at the finish, with the constantly jeering Blue-Tongued Skink getting his comeuppance. The softly appealing illustrations follow the simple action, with the animals sporting a couple of anthropomorphic touches (Old Bandicoot wears glasses and uses a cane, for example) but definitely adding eye appeal to this tale of a baby's trials and tribulations. Not as smoothly designed as the author's The Rainforest Grew all Around (Sylvan Dell, 2007), Kersplatypus will provide a springboard for discussions on friendship and bullying.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

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