If Animals Built Your House, by Bill Wise, illustrated by Rebecca Evans

    If Animals Built Your House by Bill Wise, illustrated by Rebecca Evans, Dawn Publications, 9781584696773, 2020

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? This engaging book invites children to learn about animal habitats and think of them with the same level of importance as their own homes. The illustrations provide ample detail and interest featuring the homes from an intimate perspective that the reader likely will never experience. The author did a nice job of including animals that are familiar while also introducing unique creatures to pique students’ interests. The end pages also provide actual photographs of all of the critters in the book along with a wrap up of their homes’ features and functions. Additional pages provide cross-curriculum connections for teachers, parents, and self-motivated students to continue their research.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This book is great for younger, reluctant readers, or as a read aloud to introduce habitat science unit. Children and adults would be interested in this once they pick up the book and begin to browse.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? 591.4

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 2/7/2021

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