The Home Builders

by Varsha Bajaj and Simona Mulazzani

A cozy natural world book for young children shows a variety of animals moving through... read more

A cozy natural world book for young children shows a variety of animals moving through the seasons. Terrific word choice in the rhyming text follows beavers, bees, deer, eagles, foxes, owls, and turtles as they construct their homes (“shovel and plow / Construct and flit, / Rummage and roam, / Gather and knit), shelter from storms, and care for young, who make their first ventures out into the world (“Hatchlings go forth / fox cubs nuzzle, / Beaver kits swim, / Owlets huddle.”). The final nighttime scene echoes the comforting sense conveyed throughout the mixed-media illustrations, which feature a soft palette and circular shapes throughout. (Ages 2-5)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019

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