CASTLES, CAVES, AND HONEYCOMBS by Linda Ashman

CASTLES, CAVES, AND HONEYCOMBS

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

"Many places make a home—a heap of twigs. / A honeycomb. / A castle with a tower or two. / An aerie with a bird's-eye view. . . ." In her simply phrased rhyme, Ashman surveys a variety of shelters, natural and artificial, leading up to the moot but reassuring assertion that "A home is someplace safe and snug." In big, richly colored scenes of beaver, bear, and other animal families curled up together, or solitary creatures from cocooned caterpillar to a rippling, spread-sized snail, Stringer expresses the cozy theme brilliantly, composing each picture with strongly drawn lines that curve around and in like cupped, protective hands. The message may be an arguable one (especially considering that the "honeycomb" in one picture has just been discovered by a bear), but except perhaps for Mary Ann Hoberman's classic A House Is a House For Me (1978), it has never been better conveyed. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-15-202211-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2001




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