A Place to Start a Family: Poems About Creatures That Build

A Place to Start a Family: Poems About Creatures That Build


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A poetry collection introducing animal architects that build remarkable structures in order to attract a mate and have babies.

Many animals build something—a nest, tunnel, or web—in order to pair up, lay eggs, give birth, and otherwise perpetuate their species. Organized based on where creatures live—underground, in the water, on land, or in the air—twelve poems bring fish, insects, reptiles, mammals, and birds to life. Back matter includes more information about each animal.

"A fine synthesis of poetry and science" — Kirkus Reviews

"An inviting introduction to a dozen industrious creatures" — Publishers Weekly

"A natural for classroom use, with eye-catching art that will lure little ones in" — Booklist

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ISBN-13: 9781623541620
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

David L. Harrison has published more than eighty books, has been a keynote speaker or presenter at 265 state, regional, and national conferences in 30 states and has an elementary school named after him. David's first book for children, The Boy with a Drum (Golden Press), was released in 1969 and has sold two million copies.

Giles Laroche has illustrated many children's books and both wrote and illustrated If You Lived Here: Houses of the World (Houghton Mifflin). Every illustration he makes involves drawing, cutting, painting, and gluing—and often has seven or eight layers. www.gileslaroche.com

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Creatures That Build

For thousands of years people have built shelters to live in and protect their families. We use wood, cloth, brick, concrete, steel, glass, and more to create safe and unique homes. Many animlas are builders, too. They use materials they can find, such as dirt, leaves, grass, twigs, tree limbs, shells, fur, hair, clay, and sand.

Some make their own building materials. Spiders spin their own thread. Stickleback fish make their own glue. Paper wasps make their own paper. Some animals live in their structures and some don't, and they all need a place to start a family. Turn the page to meet some of nature's most interesting architects adn learn how they build!

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