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Jimmy the Joey


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Author DEBORAH LEE ROSE is the author of many children's books, including Ocean Babies published by National Geographic. Her books are among the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, and have twice won the National Association of Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Gold Award. Deborah is a science writer and editor for the renowned Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley. She helped create and blogs for, an award-winning science education/STEM activity site. She is an engaging and experienced speaker for professional conferences and schools on the art and work of writing and the power of words.

Author/Photographer SUSAN KELLY is an award winning video journalist, whose multi-award-winning documentary film "Koala Hospital" inspired the book about Jimmy the Joey's life story. The film presents the poignant and surprising life of koalas set at the world's first hospital dedicated to koalas. More information about the book and the film is available at


In a hopeful story about animal rehabilitation in Australia, an orphaned koala joey is rescued and taken to the Koala Hospital. Author Rose and journalist/filmmaker Kelly chronicle Jimmy's time at the center, where he is fed special formula, sleeps "in a laundry basket filled with soft blankets," and is weighed and measured each week. Photographs (bordered by aboriginal patterns) keep Jimmy front and center as he clutches a volunteer's leg, munches on eucalyptus leaves (they make him "smell like mint candy") and slowly grows accustomed to the hospital trees, where he climbs with other koala residents. An endnote from Kelly describes her research into koalas, the threats facing their populations, and the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, where Jimmy and koalas like him have received care. Ages 4-8. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Winner of the 2013 Eureka! Silver Book Award

Named 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People by the Children's Book Council

"[A] heartwarming, true story of an irresistible marsupial." --Kirkus Reviews

"A hopeful story about animal rehabilitation in Australia." --Publishers Weekly

"Irresistibly adorable photographs and a clear, lively text capture the charming story."
--School Library Journal

"An eye-catching book with a photogenic subject." --Booklist

"Jimmy the Joey has everything kids in the preschool to kindergarten ages want: cute animals, adventure, and a tale of real life heroism."

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