And So They Build

And So They Build

by Bert Kitchen

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW praised Kitchen's ``beautiful and scientifically accurate'' illustrations, adding that ``even adult artists and engineers will be inspired by the creativity and diversity of his subjects.'' Ages 4-up. (July)
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
The impeccable paintings in this volume, which depicts 12 animals constructing habitats, adds an aesthetic to youngsters' views of wildlife rarely equaled. Kitchen has prepared a trio of books about the natural world; the other titles are When Hunger Calls and Somewhere Today.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Kitchen introduces the reader to twelve skillful builders from the animal kingdom with text accompanied by gloriously detailed illustrations. The book includes such oddities as the tailorbird of Asia. This unusual creature sews leaves together with spider silk to camouflage her nest. Large print announces each animal and its reason for building, while additional information is summarized in a paragraph below, which makes the book equally attractive to restless younger tots as well as more curious older children. Also in the series are When Hunger Calls and Somewhere Today.
Annie Ayres
In an intriguing thematic approach, noted illustrator Kitchen--"Animal Alphabet" (1984); "Animal Numbers" (1987)--examines 12 different animal builders and the design purposes behind each of their unique constructions. From satin bowerbirds to swallows, from cubiterme termites to harvest mice, the animals profiled vary from the exotic to the familiar. With each animal, Kitchen provides an information-laden paragraph or two about the animal's lifestyle and building activities on the left-hand page and an exquisitely detailed portrait of the animal and its construction within a natural landscape on the right-hand page (although the tiny termites are not readily visible in the painting of their large, umbrella-shaped nests). While it is disappointing that Kitchen fails to include either resource notes or a bibliography of suggested titles for further reading, this handsome picture book for older readers provides a fascinating glimpse of some of the architectural wonders to be found within the animal world and will be a welcome addition to most natural-history collections.

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Candlewick Press
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Edition description:
1st U.S. ed
Product dimensions:
0.10(w) x 0.10(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
5 - 10 Years

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