ANIMALS LIVE HERE by Muriel Batherman


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Batherman looks at the homes of 13 different animals, noting that some build their homes in trees, some ""adopt"" homes on the ground (e.g., bears live in caves), and some dig them under the ground. Specifically, readers learn that ants' underground nests have many rooms, and that each nest houses a ""colony""; that chipmunks store nuts and seeds in theirs for their winter sleep; that hornets chew up wood to make the paper pulp for their ""combs"" which are ""made up of cells""; and that trap-door spiders wait in their tunnels to pull their prey in through the home-made trap doors. (But readers will have to turn to the World Book for a view of the trap; Batherman's picture doesn't begin to clarify her explanation.) Throughout, the odd curiosity will catch kids' attention, but without any unifying concept or any attention to why such diversity exists, it's all just one after another odd curiosity, with bits of terminology for pedagogical ballast.

Pub Date: March 19th, 1979
Publisher: Greenwillow