Home In the Cave
Baby Bat loves his cave home and never wants to leave it. While practicing flapping his wings one night, he falls, and Pluribus Packrat rescues him. They then explore the deepest, darkest corners of the cave where they meet amazing animals—animals that don’t need eyes to see or colors to hide from enemies. Baby Bat learns how important bats are to the cave habitat and how other cave-living critters rely on them for their food. Will Baby Bat finally venture out of the cave to help the other animals?

Written by Janet Halfmann
Illustrated by Shennen Bersani

32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-9, Grades PK-4
Lexile: AD 750, AR: 3.6, RC: P, F&P: O
Hardcover 9781607185222 $17.95  
Paperback 9781607185314 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628554199 $9.95  
EBook 9781607185598 $6.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628551440 $6.95  
Keywords:   behavioral adaptation, physical adaptation, cave habitat, bats, food chain, life science, echolocation
Animals in the book:   bat, gray myotis, packrat, cave crayfish, blind salamander, phoebe, cave salamander, cave crickett, cavefish
Vetters:   Thanks to Sue Barnard, Founder of Basically Bats Wildlife Conservation Society and author of Bats In Captivity, for reviewing the bat information; and to Dale L. Pate, Cave & Karst Program Coordinator, Geologic Resources Division-National Park Service, and Kriste Lindberg, Chairman of the Environmental Education Committee of the National Speleological Society, for reviewing the accuracy of the cave-related information in this book.

"All things nocturnal and furry come alive in this unusual story of a baby bat learning about his surroundings. After a fall from his customary perch, and with Pluribus the rat as his guide, the little bat encounters all of the other critters—many are eyeless insects—that rely on bats for their survival. The baby bat welcomes his mother’s eventual return from foraging, but he also prizes his newfound independence. Fascinating scientific tidbits are made palatable and entertaining." (February, p. 77)
ForeWord Book Reviews-February/March 2012

"Halfmann adeptly defines terms such as "stalactites," "stalagmites," and "guano" in context, and the factual material is nicely integrated into the story. At the end of their explorations, Pluribus returns Baby Bat to his nursery. Bersani's mixed-media artwork, predominately spreads, appears to be a combination of paint and pencil. Shades of brown, gray, and black create a realistic-looking interior. Light emitted from Pluribus's flashlight draws attention to the other critters, while emotions can be seen in the facial expressions of Pluribus and Baby Bat. Four pages of additional information for classroom lessons and activities are included. Children fascinated by bats and who grasp information better through a plotline rather than through straightforward nonfiction should find this an intriguing read."
School Library Journal

"The tale of Baby Bat and life in his cave is a fun, vibrant look at critters whose lives depend on having the bat in their habitat."
Feathered Quill Book Reviews

Author/Illustrator Info:

Janet Halfmann is the award-winning author of more than thirty fiction and nonfiction children’s books, including Home in the Cave, Fur and Feathers, and Little Skink’s Tail for Arbordale. Other recent titles include Eggs: 1, 2, 3; Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish; Good Night, Little Sea Otter; Garter Snake at Willow Creek Lane; and Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story. Janet is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Before becoming a children’s author, Janet was a daily newspaper reporter, children’s magazine editor, and a creator of coloring and activity books for Golden Books. She is the mother of four and the grandmother of four. When Janet isn’t writing, she enjoys gardening, exploring nature, visiting living-history museums, and spending time with her family. She grew up on a farm in Michigan and now lives in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For more information, visit her website: Janethalfmann.com.

Shennen Bersani is an award-winning illustrator with 2 million copies of her books cherished and read by children, parents, and teachers throughout the world. Her art delivers heartfelt emotion, the wonders of nature and science, and creates a unique joy for learning. Some of Shennen’s other illustrated works include A Case of Sense Once Upon an Elephant, Salamander Season; Sea Slime: It’s Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea; The Shape Family Babies; Animal Partners; Shark Baby; Home in the Cave; The Glaciers are Melting!; and Astro: The Steller Sea Lion for Arbordale. In 2015, Shennen made her debut as an author with Achoo! Why Pollen Counts. Shennen lives with her family near Boston. For more information, visit her website at www.shennenbersani.com.


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