Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

About Marsupials

A Guide for Children 

Part of About…

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

This beginner’s guide offers a first glimpse into the natural world of marsupials.

In this addition to the acclaimed About… series, educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what marsupials are, how they look, how they move, what they eat, and where they live. With beautifully detailed, realistic paintings, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill introduces readers to a variety of marsupials―from the well-known koala and kangaroo to the less familiar cuscus and quoll. An afterword provides details on the animals featured and inspires young readers to learn more.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-358-0
Publication Date: 3/1/2006
Page Count: 48
Size:  10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-407-5
Publication Date: 3/1/2009
Page Count: 48
Size:  10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 2.1
F&P: GRL K, Gr 2, Genre I
Lexile: 530L
Themes: Marsupial Behavior, Marsupial Characteristics, Marsupial Habitats
BISAc 1: JNF003140 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Mammals
BISAC 2: JNF051000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / General
BISAC 3: JNF037020 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection


“Beautiful, detailed illustrations are the highlight of this simple introduction.” ―School Library Journal

“A handsome introduction to an unusual group of mammals.” ―Kirkus Reviews


Best Books of the Year ―Science Books and Film, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2006

Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2007

Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Science K-6) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2006

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Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2007

Emphasis on Reading Program (Nominee, Grades K-1) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2007-2008

North Carolina Author Awards (Nominee, AAUW Award for Juvenile Literature) ―North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 2006

A Baker’s Dozen ―Pennsylvania Center for the Book, 2007

The Best Read Aloud Picture Books ―Curriculum Materials Center at Minnesota State University Moorhead

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Meet the Author

Cathryn Sill, a graduate of Western Carolina University, was an elementary school teacher for thirty years. She lives in North Carolina.

Meet the Illustrator

John Sill holds a BS in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. Combining his knowledge of wildlife and artistic skill, John has achieved an impressive reputation as a wildlife artist and received several awards. He lives in North Carolina. You can visit his website here.