Pocket Babies and Other Amazing Marsupials

by Sneed B. Collard III

What defines a marsupial? Living in Australia? No: Although many marsupials are native to Australia, there are many other species in the Americas and several Pacific islands. Having a pouch? No: Although many marsupials, like kangaroos, have pouches, some small marsupials are pouchless. A marsupial, by definition, is a mammal that gives birth to partially formed young. Here is a guide to the great variety of animals in this fascinating mammalian order. Fullcolor photographs. Further reading. Bibliography.

ISBN: 9781581960464

JLG Release: December 2007

JLG Member Price

Out of Stock

Intermediate Readers

Grades 3-5


12 books / $15.80 a book

  • Book Details




    Print Book




    Darby Creek

    Page Count


    Trim Size

    9 3/8" x 11"

    Dewey Classification


    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 7, Points: 2

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level: 7.6, Points: 6


    Level: 1030L

    Awards & Honors

    Booklist Editor 's Choice 2007



    Author/Illustrator Biographies

    Sneed B. Collard III says, "I still find it surprising that I did not grow up dreaming of becoming a writer. As a youth in Santa Barbara, California, my interests centered much more on sports, coin collecting, and --more than anything --the natural world. The latter was the great gift of my parents, professional biologists.

    "My parents, though, also provided me with another great gift, the love of reading. Every summer, while my father worked in his lab, or taught university classes, I spent long days in the library, devouring book after book.

    "When I entered the University of California at Berkeley, I studied marine biology. Afterward, with biology jobs few and far between, my earlier literary influences caught up with me. I decided to become a writer. From then on, my loves of science and literature have become inseparable.

    "I strongly believe that nonfiction has every bit the literary merit that fiction does. One of my goals is to create nonfiction books that educators can use not only to teach science but to teach reading and writing as well. "

    Mr. Collard was born in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to his BA in marine biology, he has also earned an MS in scientific instrumentation at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He says, "Probably the most dominant force in my life, besides writing, is travel. I 've had the travel bug ever since joining my biologist stepfather on a firefly-hunting excursion to southeast Asia when I was fifteen. Ever since, I 've taken every opportunity to travel. I even skipped my high school graduation to begin a year-long solo odyssey to the Middle East and Europe. Since then, I 've also been fortunate enough to visit Australia, Central America, New Zealand, and the deep-sea floor. "

    Mr. Collard has written more than fifty books for young people. His previous JLG selections include Beaks!, illustrated by Robin Brickman, The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America 's Lost Grasslands, and A Platypus, Probably, illustrated by Andrew Plant. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

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