Appleblossom the Possum
Appleblossom the Possum
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Appleblossom the Possum

Written by Holly Goldberg Sloan & illustrated by Gary A. Rosen
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers
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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.

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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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Publication Date
August 11, 2015
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Reading Age
8 - 12 years
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