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Appleblossom the Possum

Written by Holly Goldberg Sloan & illustrated by Gary A. Rosen
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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! With dynamic illustrations, a tight-knit family, and a glimpse at the world from a charming little marsupial’s point of view, this cozy animal story is a perfect read-aloud and a classic in the making.

What Kind of Book is Appleblossom the Possum

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Although Appleblossom’s possum family works a little differently, talk to your child about the stages of life and transitions you take to get there (live at home as children, go to school, get married, start your own family, etc.).

  • Ask your child to tell you about how Appleblossom’s family rallied around her and helped her out of her predicament, and how we can be a similar support system for our own family and friends.

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B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mama who believes you're never too old for magical stories of talking animals and imaginary worlds.
5.25 / 7.0

What a darling book! I love both the realistic aspects about possums as well as the entertaining scenarios the possums are involved in. Appleblossom ends up falling into a house and breaking one of the main possum rules–staying away from humans! Luckily, she has a great possum family and a kind human girl who help her out. The possums are great examples of being there for your family members and pushing out of your comfort zone in order to help those around you. I also learned quite a few fun things about possums!

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Who Wrote Appleblossom the Possum

Holly Goldberg Sloan

Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent her childhood living in Holland; Istanbul, Turkey; Washington, D.C.; Berkeley, California; and Eugene, Oregon. After graduating from Wellesley College and spending some time as an advertising copywriter, she began writing family feature films, including Angels in the Outfield and Made in America. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Counting by 7s and Short, among other novels.

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Holly Goldberg Sloan's Book Dedication

For Annie & Katie Kleinsasser, my first sisters

Gary A. Rosen's Book Dedication

For Brother Bill

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