Young readers can move small sliders to reveal the home of the animal featured on the outside of the panel.
Each double-page spread features a specific habitat for a collection of creatures, including “In the House,” “On the Farm,” and “On the Savanna.” The verso features a full-page illustration of the landscape with the animals and their homes in their context, each labeled with a short caption containing a clue as to where the animal makes its home. The recto holds six rectangular windows with the featured animals (a bee, a sparrow, an ant, and three more on the “In the Garden” page) with square, easy-to-move sliding panels that reveal their homes (a “hive”—sadly, what’s depicted is not a beehive but a wasps’ nest—a “birdhouse,” and an “anthill leading to underground home,” respectively) with a swipe to the left. Kiko’s art is eye-catching and flat, employing a soft but fully saturated color palette. There are some nice vocabulary-building opportunities with “rabbit hutch” and the guinea fowl’s “shrub,” but the project misses an opportunity to introduce youngsters to the eagle’s eyrie, instead opting for “nest.”
Little fingers may enjoy sliding the panels more than discovering the answers underneath. (Board book. 2-4)