Jimmy the Joey by Deborah Lee Rose and Susan Kelly

Jimmy the Joey book cover: a photograph of the face of Jimmy, the young koala, is centered; Below the photograph reads, The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue"One starry night, with her joey holding tight to her fur, the mother koala climbed slowly down to the ground [and] headed for a patch of trees across a big road.”

Jimmy’s survival story will be a high-interest hit with animal lovers of all ages. The (true) story is told in a simple chronological narrative that complements the sharp photographs.  General facts (and vocabulary) about koalas are interwoven within the story; readers will hardly notice that they are learning science during this heartwarming pleasure read. The Koala Hospital is a real place and the story has a happy ending. Appendices include a map, fast facts page, photographer’s notes and a list of recommended resources.

This book would work well as a read aloud and/or independent read. National Geographic Kids again delivers an excellent non-fiction choice for young readers; teachers and parents will enjoy it as much as the kids.

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Mary Jo, Kids World