Appleblossom the Possum

By Holly Goldberg Sloan


“Heroes don’t think of themselves as heroes, Amlet. That’s what makes them heroic.

We’ve got to rescue our sister. Or die trying.”

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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 classic in the making.

Main Characters

…is the littlest possum of thirteen in her family and not sure she’s ready to meet the world alone.


…is her mother and has raised up her possum babies to learn all the tricks they will need to survive in this world.


…is one of Appleblossom’s brothers.He can be brave and impulsive.


…is another one of Appleblossom’s brothers and he’s a deep thinker.


…is the father of the baby possums. He loves a good time.


…is a dog who wants nothing more than to catch a ball. And to catch a wild animal.