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In 1798, the governor of Australia, John Hunter, came across an odd-looking animal. It was unlike anything he had ever seen. Curious as to the identity of the mysterious creature, he shipped the strange animal to scientists in Great Britain so they could study it. At first, the scientists thought the animal was a hoax. No real animal could look so bizarre. Was it a fish, a bird, or a mammal? No sooner did scientists determine that this rare animal was indeed real than a new set of questions arose that would take scientists over a century to answer. In Platypus: A Century-long Mystery, kids follow the work of scientists as they study the platypus and attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding the animal’s identity. Large, full-color photos and a narrative text will keep readers turning the pages for more.

Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction
Copyright 2009
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Uncommon Animals
Language English
ISBN 9781597168199
Title Format Unlimited Access eBook
Dewey 599.2'9
ATOS Reading Level 5.1
Guided Reading Level N
Lexile Reading Level 840
Scholastic Reading Counts Level 4.5
AR Quiz Number 124130
Author William Caper
  • 2010 Teachers' Choice Award for Children's Books, 2010
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Full-color photographs, Historical photographs