A House in the Sky
And Other Uncommon Animal Homes
Caldecott Honor recipient Steve Jenkins gives young readers a tour of the residences of fourteen different animals.
Some animals build nests, some live in holes in the ground, and some even live in books! Turtles, birds, fish, beavers, and kangaroos are just like people—they need homes, and take up residence in unusual places. Readers get a glimpse of the similarities between human and animal homes with sidebars that detail the unique qualities of each animal and its home.
Robbin Gourley's stylized yet realistic watercolor illustrations prove that nonfiction can be accurate and elegant.
Backmatter includes more information about each animal—their habits and their habitats.
Look Inside the Book:
Author & Illustrator Bios:Steve Jenkins, author
Steve Jenkins, recipient of a Caldecott Honor, has written or co-written more than thirty books about the natural world for young readers, inlcuding Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea and What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Read more about Steve here.
Robbin Gourley, illustrator
Robin Gourley is the author/illustrator of several children's books, including Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis (Clarion). Read more about Robbin here.
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Twenty animals and their sometimes-unusual ways of sheltering themselves are presented in full-color watercolor illustrations. Though only one creature, the common swift, really makes a home in the sky (and "eats, drinks, and sleeps on the wing"), the animal homes in this collection are varied and occasionally surprising. Jenkins' brief text describes the houses and shelters of mammals (tree kangaroo, badger, beaver, house mouse, and raccoon), birds (reed warbler, red ovenbird, burrowing owl, common swift, satin bowerbird), Siamese fighting fish, other water dwellers (rock-boring urchin, veined octopus, hermit crab, Venus comb, whale barnacle), insects (caddis fly, termite, Mexican book beetle), and a reptile (the box turtle). Animals that construct their own shelters are interspersed with animals that find shelters prefabricated for them—and of course the box turtle carries its shelter along with it. Gourley's full-page illustrations convey the general look of each shelter, though the environments they're found in aren't always made clear. The Venus comb, for instance, looks fascinating, but is it underwater? Or not? In general, though, these simple introductions are fine beginnings and may lead curious readers to find out more. Alas, they won't find a bibliography or source suggestions. The variety of animals is a definite plus, however. Separate brief paragraphs on each creature appear in the back pages, addressing general geographic location, animal size, and diet. A pretty, introductory survey.
ISBN: 978-1-63289-603-2 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-63289-604-9 PDF
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Page count: 32
ENTER TRIM SIZE 9 x 9
Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade K. Standards 1-4, 6-8, 10
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 1. Standards 1-4, 6-8, 10