|Mama dug a little den|
Author: Ward, Jennifer
An exploration of all the different kinds of dens animals build for their babies.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 5.10
Points: .5 Quiz: 197009
Kirkus Reviews (06/15/18)
School Library Journal (05/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/07/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2—In this this follow-up to Mama Built a Little Nest, simple, lyrical text explores all the ways mothers keep their young safe. Each beautiful spread features a four-line ditty that begins with "Mama dug a little den" and is followed with a paragraph of fascinating information on the topic creature. ("Mama dug a little den/Within a bubbling stream./A rugged lodge of sticks and twigs/Where we could grow and dream.") Beavers, platypuses, Gila monsters, and prairie dogs are a few of the critters on display. This versatile book will spark young readers' inquisitiveness and will surely encourage them to be more observant when out in nature. It lends itself well as a read-aloud for very young audiences or as a one-on-one with curious kids who want to know more about each animal. Jenkins's gorgeous collage illustrations are stunning and detailed, and will draw viewers. VERDICT A charming addition to elementary collections where early science books about animals are needed and either Ward's or Jenkins's books are popular.—Megan Kilgallen, Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 06/01/2018 This companion volume to Mama Built a Little Nest (2014) uses the term den to include animals’ homes dug into snowbanks, riverbanks, hillsides, prairies, and deserts, as well as holes dug by sea turtles to protect their eggs and by squirrels to hide their nuts. The opening pages show three little foxes peering out of their shelter, accompanied by the rhyme, “Mama dug a little den / beneath a fallen tree. / An earthy home as soft as moss, / a nursery for three.” In smaller type, a brief paragraph talks about foxes’ maternity dens. Throughout the book, each double-page spread includes a short verse for young children, with a little information for those who want more. Jenkins’ collages offer clear views of animals in their dens. The book’s large format offers ample space for the eye-catching double-page illustrations, created with papers that create varied colors and textures within well-crafted scenes. Cross sections are used effectively in the many underground scenes. A good read-aloud choice for preschool and primary-grade classroom units on animal homes. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.