The Miracle of (Marsupial) Birth

As just about anyone in the state of Minnesota could probably tell you, the Minnesota State Fair is in full swing at the moment. One of the most popular attractions at the fair is the Miracle of Birth Center. Kids in particular are fascinated by the births and the adorable newborn animals.

While I find most newborn animals to be cute, I have to say that I’m not sure I can say that about newborn marsupials. The babies—known as pinkies—are tiny, hairless, and as the name suggests, very pink. Yet as they grow bigger, those pinkies become supremely cute.

The reason I know about newborn marsupials is thanks to Bridget Heos and her new book, What to Expect When You’re Expecting Joeys: A Guide for Marsupial Parents (and Curious Kids.) This book taught me fascinating facts about all kinds of marsupial babies, including kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian devils, honey possums, and wombats.


Want to know more about this book? Check out the STARRED REVIEW from Kirkus!

Final note: as far as I know, you won’t find any marsupials—newborn or otherwise—at the Minnesota State Fair!