|Place to start a family : poems about creatures that build|
Author: Harrison, David L.
Many animals build remarkable structures in order to attract mates, lay eggs, give birth, and otherwise perpetuate their species. Twelve animals are presented in four sections based on where they live--underground, in the water, on the land, or in the air. Fish, insects, reptiles, mammals, and birds are included in poems and artwork to bring these animals to life for kids.
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School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 K-Gr 4—Narrative poems describe how 13 creatures construct homes for their families, building intricate and oftentimes beautiful creations from materials such as thread, glue, and paper. An introduction in prose explains how animals, including people, build before the book delves into verse. Each subsequent section includes three poems about living things who build in that particular environment: builders underground, on land, in water, and in the air. A bonus poem about a different kind of builder, sun coral, completes the collection. The use of alliteration, rhyme, and onomatopoeia adds an inquisitive nature to the poems as it presents information regarding each animal's habitat. The 3-D cut-paper collage illustrations exquisitely render insight into the architecture and daily life of each being. In "European Paper Wasp," the microscopic world of this minute insect is vibrantly realized. Eggs glow golden within their cells and "Winged warriors/warn with spear" in brilliant yellows and blacks. Harrison details how their nest is formed with paper and Laroche's stunning technique of layering hand-painted papers renders this image to startling effect. As with their previous work on NowYou See Them, Now You Don't: Poems About Creatures That Hide, this is an exceptional example of collaboration. Some other animals included in this collection are star-nosed mole, king cobra, and beaver. Notes at the end provide Latin names of all creatures, further information, and titles to learn more. VERDICT This is a great selection for science and poetry enthusiasts.—Rachel Zuffa, Racine Public Library, WI - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.