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All over the world, in all kinds of habitats, mothers bring forth new life. For many animals, such as reptiles and amphibians, mothering responsibilities end before the babies are even born. But mammal babies need their mothers--they need to be nurtured and nourished long enough to learn how to survive on their own. 


All mammal mothers feed, protect, and teach their young, even though these tasks can challenge their own needs for survival. But a mammal baby’s journey to maturity varies dramatically depending on whether it is a bear or a bat, a shrew or a seal, a hippopotamus or a human. This fascinating look at life cycles portrays the normalcy of birth and breastfeeding and explores how mothers help 14 different mammals navigate the path from helpless infants to self-sufficient adults.


Read an interview with the author here!



"Completely engrossing!" -Carolyn Bailey, ForeWord Magazine "


"As engaging visually as it is verbally!" -Dr. Inés L. Cifuentes, Director, Carnegie Academy for Science Education


"One of the most engrossing nonfictions books I have ever read." -Sonya Smith, Science Coordinator, ATOMS2XP and IMPACT2, Miss. State, MS


Animals in the Book:


African Elephant


Golden Lion Tamarin Monkey

Pacific Gray Whale


Least Shrew

Hooded Seal

Mexican Free-tailed Bat


Polar Bear





Also available in Spanish, Hebrew, and Dutch!

If My Mom Were a Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers

SKU: 978-1-938492-11-2
  • Product type Paperback, full color
    Pages 64

    ISBN 10: 1-938492-11-2

    ISBN 13: 978-1-938492-11-2

    Dimensions 7" x 10"
    Age Range


     4-8 as a Read-a-Loud

    Grade Range 4-6
    Lexile Measure 860L
    Guided Reading Level Q, R, S, T, U
    Publication Date March 2014


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