A kookaburra and a small glossy creature hatch from eggs at the same time. After examining each other, they come to the conclusion that their features are quite different. Realising that he is not a kookaburra, the small glossy creature tries to find out who he is. But, although he has some things in common with the koala, the emu, the wombat and the frog he meets, he doesn’t belong to them either. In the end, he finally meets a platypus and is happy to know who he is at last.
The story invites little biologists to observe and describe Australian animals and learn about their classification. Inspect each page closely with the children and discuss the animals’ features. Can the children sort the animals into groups based on their features? Have they heard the terms mammal and amphibian before? How can they describe the animals in these groups? Which features does the platypus share with them? We hope that through this book and your discussions, the children will learn to appreciate how unique the platypus really is.
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Article author: Kerstin Johnson
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