It's not only humans who can build incredible structures: around the world, mammals, birds and insects can be found building incredible things. From big beaver dams to tiny caddisfly cases, this beautifully illustrated picture book explores each animal's incredible home and uncovers the reasons why they build.
Featuring 26 creatures from around the world, each amazing animal architect tells its own 'micro story' about its impressive architectural skills in this delightfully unique wildlife book.
Among the amazing builders you'll meet:
Ovenbirds, who carry clumps of mud up into the trees to make their nest Darwin's bark spiders, who build webs stretching out as far as three buses, end-to-end Moles, who use their spade-like paws to dig extensive networks of tunnels with nesting spaces and storerooms where they keep earthworms to snack on later Polar bear mothers, who make their dens under the snow to stay in for five long months, nursing their cubs and eating nothing themselves
Through lyrical text and entrancing edge-to-edge illustrations, admire the spectacular ingenuity of these animal architects.
Reviews all around the world
This is a delightful book which vividly portrays the lives of various creatures that make nests, dens or other homes. Birds start us off with weaverbirds, bowerbirds, swifts, then on to less attractive creatures like ants, termites, spiders, before meeting mammals and reptiles. I enjoyed every double-page spread drawing, which carries a few lines of writing and excellent detail. The writer has really thought about how to shrink information and still convey it well, while added details include the place where the animal lives, or its food, or its predators.
At the back we find a map of the world and each animal featured gets a little fact file so readers can place it on the map and get used to geography. This is a really colourful and attractive book which is excellent for young readers and anyone keen on fascinating nature.