A great How-to for Nature's Architects.

Summary:

Animals make the home that fits them best, whether it is in a tree or under the surface of the pond. Short sentences explain what kind of "living quarters" a human might have in that space while at the same time explaining the how-to's and whys of that creature's home. 


Parent Perspective:
Clever, fun, and very educational! I especially loved the balance of talking about houses of animals kids already know, and introducing not-likely-to-know creatures. Great for offering familiarity and yet also stretching their imaginations and learning. 

The illustrations are bright, with plenty of "white space" on the page. The simplicity works well for younger readers who tend to be watching the pictures, as well as the developing reader audience who wants the independence of reading the words for themselves.

Highly recommended for families who spend lots of time outdoors, as well as school libraries. Lots of great info in the back add to your engagement with the book.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Nature lovers young and old will enjoy - and be amazed - by the structures animals call home. The information has just the right touch of humor to get kids thinking & reacting to what they see and hear.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This is a nonfiction picture book about how animals build the structure they call "home."
Educational Themes:

Take time to explore the illustrations and pull out the "pieces" that the animals use to build their houses. You might also go out and collect some of the items to try to recreate your own version of that animal's home. Other ideas:

* YouTube videos showing the animal building the house.

* Nature walks trying to spot different types of homes.

Reading Level:
unknown
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. Fun to read, but it isn't a forever-on-your-shelf type of book.

Title If Animals Built Your House
Author Bill Wise
Publisher Sourcebooks eXplore, Imprint Sourcebooks Kids © 2021
Illustrators Rebecca Evans
ISBN 9781584696773
Material Paperback
Cost $8.88
Genres Science, Animal (Nonfiction)
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