Take Me Home: Forests of the World by Pavla Hanackova, illustrated by Linh Dao

Take Me Home: Forests of the World by Pavla Hanackova, illustrated by Linh Dao. Albatros, 9788000059457, 2021 

Format:  Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

 What did you like about the book? Another book in the Take Me Home series! The book covers several different “forest” or woodland areas across the world. Similar to the other titles in the series, there is a main child character. On the very first page we meet Charlie who goes outside for a walk and suddenly meets some animals who were in a truck crash. When Charlie inquires with the animals he learns that they were abducted by a smuggler! Right off the bat the author engages the readers on topics such as animal smugglers, and parents/educators can have great conversations with young readers about these tough topics. Charlie then becomes determined to get all the animals home to where they belong. However, the animals have no clue where they came from and now Charlie must use different clues from the animals to get them back to their natural habitats. The book explores the Mixed Forests in Europe, the Bamboo Forest in China, the Kelp Forest near California and even the Tropical Rainforest of Costa Rica. Readers get a diverse exposure to different types of forest/green areas. Readers also learn about what forests look like during different seasons as well as who lives there and what grows there. On each page the author labels different animals, plants and other things you might encounter in this forest space. Similar to the other book, the drawings are cartoon drawings but the attention to details and color that the illustrations have is amazing. The animals and forest aspects, although they are cartoons, could easily be identified if a reader was shown an actual photo of the same thing. 

Anything you did not like about the book? No this book was filled with lots of information. 

 To whom would you recommend this book? This book is for the youngest mature nature lover who is looking to expand their knowledge on different forests. This book would be best for a reader age 6 and older. 

Who should buy this book? Elementary schools and middle schools (for younger grades)

Where would you shelve it? 577.3

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

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA

Date of review:  07/06/2021

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