Batbaby Finds a Home

Batbaby Finds a Home

by Robert M. Quackenbush
     
 

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Batbaby and his family have just lost their home to a bulldozer!
Desperate to find a new place to live, they set out into the night. But every place they go is either too loud or too unsafe. So where do Batbaby and his family end up? In a bat house made by people! Nonfiction facts follow the simple text. See more details below

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Batbaby and his family have just lost their home to a bulldozer!
Desperate to find a new place to live, they set out into the night. But every place they go is either too loud or too unsafe. So where do Batbaby and his family end up? In a bat house made by people! Nonfiction facts follow the simple text.

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Children's Literature
Batbaby, his mother and his father make their home in a perfect old barn until loud noises signal its destruction. The family flies away determined to find a new dwelling. A church steeple offers a prime place until the gonging steeple bell frightens them. On the move again, they attempt to find a home in many places, including a farmhouse where they are met by a scary cat, a dark tunnel with a roaring train, an old house with a foreboding hoot owl, a highway support beam above rushing traffic and a windblown water tower. All prove much too noisy for a family seeking quiet. Determined to solve the problem, Batbaby flies off to ask his friends Squirrel and Woodpecker for help. They lead Batbaby to the perfect place, a bat house hanging on the side of a new home. The new homeowners value the bats' services of eating garden insects, so Batbaby and his family are able to move into the comfortable and welcoming bat house. True facts about bats and their habitats follow the story's main text, making this an excellent addition to a science unit dealing with the bat species. 2001, Random House, $11.99 and $3.99. Ages 6 to 9. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-This somewhat predictable easy-reader follows a family of bats that is forced to find a new dwelling when humans bulldoze their old barn. They seek advice from other animals and try out various unsuitable homes. Finally, Batbaby's friends, Squirrel and Woodpecker, lead them to a bat box on the side of a house that was built by humans who realize that these shy, gentle creatures eat insects that damage their garden crops. Quackenbush's detail-filled drawings add interest to the story; perhaps the best is the hand-drawn map on the title pages that shows the bat family's old barn and all the places they visit while looking for a home. A few succinct facts about these creatures are appended. This title may encourage young readers to learn more about bats, and there are plenty of excellent books to recommend, including Ann Earle's Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats (HarperCollins, 1995) and Gail Gibbons's Bats (Holiday, 1999).-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780375904301
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/24/2001
Series:
Road to Reading Ser.
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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