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Book Review and Giveaway: What to Expect When You’re Expecting Joeys. Ends Nov 4th

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Joeys: A Guide for Marsupial Parents (and Curious Kids) by Bridget Heos and illustrated by Stephane Jorisch

Product Description: Congratulations, marsupial parents-to-be! You’re about to meet your tiny bundles of joy. They’re called joeys. Some are as small as a grain of rice when they’re born! Read this book to find out how many babies to expect, how to help them find your pouch, and what those little joeys will do in there all day long. Whether you’re a possum or an opossum, a kangaroo or a wallaby, a koala or even a shrieking Tasmanian devil, you’ll find answers to all your parenting questions here.

My Review: The author gives a step by step guide on marsupial parents. Marsupials gives birth to very tiny babies that sometimes grow in a pouch, like Kangaroos, Virginia opossum, Wallaby, Koalas to name a few. The Kangaroos are mostly found inSouth America andAustralia. TheVirginia opossum are the only marsupials found inNorth America.

Some gives birth to more than 20 but not all survive. She goes on to explain about the pouches most marsupials have to carry their babies in. And not all marsupials have a pouch and not all pouches open at the top.

The book is based on question and answer like, should I make the pouch with paper or cloth and will where will the older babies go when they move out of the pouch?  Everything you need to know about marsupial parents and their newborn kids.

I don’t know if 4 years old will understand what a marsupial is or will be patience enough to sit and read this book, but I will recommend it for children age 8 and up and classroom teaching.

Pages: 32

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.


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October 22, 2011 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , ,


  1. This sounds like a really fun topic, and I love the cover illo. However, you will find that kangaroos are native to Australia only. South America has a few other marsupials, but not kangaroos. I spent the first half of my life Down-under, and we learned in school that kangaroos, and many of the other marsupials there, were unique to Australia.

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    Comment by Margot Finke | October 22, 2011 | Reply

    • Just quoting what was written in her book…lol!

      Comment by mymcbooks | October 22, 2011 | Reply

  2. Awwww love the title and pictures. I thought the book name was for new parents. very creative! I was pleasantly surprised to see it was a story about baby kangaroos how cute!

    Comment by Larissa brunken | October 22, 2011 | Reply

  3. This sounds like a great way to learn about differences in the animal kingdom.

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    Comment by domestic diva | October 23, 2011 | Reply

  4. This book looks very interesting and informative to a create mind of a child.

    Comment by asha pena (@ashabutterflys) | October 24, 2011 | Reply

  5. Wow this sounds interesting, it sounds like I could learn something myself, just by reading your review I learned that kangaroos live in South America, I thought they only live in Australia!

    Comment by Heidi Daily | October 24, 2011 | Reply

  6. I like the creative way the authors present this information, using a parenting guide format. As a school librarian, I’m always looking for fun ways to teach students.

    Comment by Heidi Grange | October 31, 2011 | Reply

  7. so cool to learn about what would be a foreign concept through a picture book
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    Comment by anne s. | October 31, 2011 | Reply

  8. I didn’t know that not all marsupials have a pouch. I’ll definitely check out this book!

    Comment by Lily Kwan | November 4, 2011 | Reply

  9. My little one is a nature boy. He knows about opossums and their pouches and we’ve read about kangaroos. I think it’ll be neat to learn about more animals that are marsupials.
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    Comment by Alicia C. | November 4, 2011 | Reply

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