Cover of Tiny Possum and the Migrating Moths (CSIRO Publishing, 2021)

Tiny Possum and the Migrating Moths

By Julie Murphy and Ben Clifford (CSIRO Publishing, 2021)

High in the Australian Alps, Possum needs to find enough food and shelter to survive the harsh alpine winter. She will spend months hibernating under a blanket of snow. Will she last through the year to successfully raise a new family?

The mountain pygmy-possum is small in size but huge in appeal! Once thought to be extinct, there are now around 2500 of these tiny survivors in the wild. They need snow and bogong moths to survive, and the support of great conservation work.


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“literally a work of art … highly educational and extremely interesting…”— Kids’ Book Review, 2021
“Superb!” – Barbara Braxton, Edublog, 2021
“… a worthy addition to home, school or public library” – ReadPlus, 2021
“Wonderfully educational and highly engaging” – A Word About Books, 2021
“… a wonder of a book.” – CBCA Reading Time, 2022
“… beautifully produced, written and illustrated …” – Canberra Times, 2022
“My students adore this wonderful book” – Australian Science Teachers Journal, March, 2022
“an important ecological tale of predator-prey relationships, migration, seasonality and the crucial role we…play in the survival of endangered species.” – Dr. S Lloyd, Ecological Society of Australia Bulletin, 27 June, 2022

I trained as a zoologist and zookeeper, and have been a children’s book author and presenter for over twenty years. Why do I write? Because it’s fun! What do I write about? Mostly my main interests – animals and the environment.