Appleblossom the Possum
by Holly Goldberg Sloan, illus. by Gary Rosen
“The babies of a first-time possum mother must have names that begin with the letter A. This explains to half sisters and half brothers, cousins and aunts, uncles, grandparents, and other relatives how they each fit into their own possum family.”
Appleblossom is one such possum, born into a big litter of baby possums on a cold night under a rotten log. Possums learn how to act (playing dead is essential to survival) although sometimes they enact Shakespeare (one of Appleblossom’s brothers is named Amlet) and as a result, they can be awfully dramatic creatures. There are other rules for baby possums to learn: stay out of the daylight, and avoid cars, humans, and above all, hairies (dogs). Appleblossom likes to stargaze on the roof of a house but one night it all goes wrong when she falls down the chimney…into a den of humans and a hairy! So begins Appleblossom’s biggest adventure when Izzy, the little girl in the house, decides Appleblossom is going to be her pet. But how will Appleblossom avoid being eaten by the dog, and will she ever see her brothers again?
Playfully written with big
heart, “Appleblossom the Possum” will take the reader back to the experience of
reading “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White. Equal parts hilarious and heartfelt, “Appleblossom
the Possum” is perfect for a budding reader or would even make a fantastic read
aloud to younger children. Holly Goldberg Sloan (author of “Counting by Sevens”)
has written a story that children will turn to again and again. Her husband,
Gary A. Rosen, illustrated Appleblossom and her brother and sister possums in
striking black and white drawings.