Monday, March 14, 2016

Bibliophile's Corner

Appleblossom the Possum
by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Flap Copy Description:
Mama has trained up her baby possums in the ways of their breed, and now it’s time for all of them—even little Appleblossom—to make their way in the world. Appleblossom knows the rules: she must never be seen during the day, and she must avoid cars, humans, and the dreaded hairies (sometimes known as dogs). Even so, Appleblossom decides to spy on a human family—and accidentally falls down their chimney!
The curious Appleblossom, her faithful brothers—who launch a hilarious rescue mission—and even the little girl in the house have no idea how fascinating the big world can be. But they're about to find out!

My Thoughts:
This delightful middle grade novel features anthropomorphic possums who end up learning a lot about family, fear, and how to "fake it 'til you make it." While on the surface this story might seem merely entertaining, woven into its text are themes of perseverance, diversity, and even some fun facts about marsupials. I highly recommend Appleblossom the Possum to readers from the ages of eight to twelve.

Click here to learn more about the author, Holly Goldberg Sloan.

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