Appleblossom is a shy, gentle possum, who tries to follow all of the rules (staying away from humans, cars, and "hairies"), but one day her curiosity gets the better of her and she starts spying on a human girl, and even falls down her chimney!
In Appleblossom the Possum (Lexile: 720; Interest Level: Grades 3-6), Holly Sloan takes us on an adventure with this curious little possum and her brothers who try to save her from herself (and the human girl who just LOVES Appleblossom!). Although possums are taught to go off on their own, the power of family really comes through in this tender tale. The dual adventures of Appleblossom (in the house) and her brothers (in the city, looking for help) are very well-written and enjoyable.
I don't often care much for stories in which the main characters are talking animals, but I found Appleblossom to be an engaging actress in the stage of her own life. Readers who enjoy animal stories will undoubtedly be enthralled with the tale of Appleblossom the Possum. (288 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.