Each spread features a photograph of an animal home, a close-up of the animal, and straightforward information about the style of habitat and animal. All of the highlighted animals are ones that might be found in a deciduous forest environment, such as squirrels, black bears, and beavers. Some of the animals make their homes out of a wide variety of materials, including leaves and other forest detritus... The book could be integrated into lessons related to ecology, conservation, and biomes. VERDICT A no-nonsense introduction to animal abodes.
–Alyssa Annico, Youngstown State Univ., OH
In total, the book covers 12 animals and insects and would be useful to bring along during a camping trip, a walk through a local park, or even a walk to a favorite neighborhood tree, so that children will have the opportunity to see and perhaps interact with some of the habitats of the animals around them. Four pages of backmatter encourage further engagement with the topic. Holland also carefully introduces new vocabulary to children, folding in such words as “burrow,” “drey,” and “snag” throughout, with explanations within the text. This picture book is a pleasure to read and is sure to become the favorite of some future naturalist.