Home is where the heart is…and the bears, gorillas, raccoons, rabbits, anteaters, etc.
In this interesting, information-packed book, Judge brings home for younger readers facts about the kinds of dwellings a variety of mammals live in with their young. Each class of residence is introduced by a two-page spread featuring a simple sentence that identifies homes by general concepts rather than specific types or construction methods: “A home can be hidden”; “A home can cover many miles of open country”; “A home can be built by an architect”; “A home can be crowded”; and others. Following these openers are spreads that describe, in clear, instructive, well-written paragraphs, the actual, specific kinds of homes lived in and built by two or three different, relevant animals, as in the black bears’ den under a tree, the bobcats’ nest in a rocky crevice, and the porcupines’ home in a hollow log—all examples of “hidden.” In conclusion, the book equates animals’ needs for safety and shelter with those of humans. The paintings on the introductory spreads and text pages are true, endearing winners, depicting realistic, adorable, close-knit animal families in their homes and habitats. In the backmatter, enhancing the book’s appeal and usefulness, are additional facts about each animal named in the text, a glossary, sources, and websites.
Solid, appealing nonfiction for the younger set. (Informational picture book. 5-8)