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Williams explores the habitats of various and sundry creatures around the world in simple verse. For example, "Busy beaver uses logs/To dam a stream and build a lodge." "Chattering monkeys screech and yell;/Jungle living suits them well." Definitions and factual descriptions of specific habitats and the animals inhabiting them are appended. A final spread is devoted to the characteristics and ecology of spiders, creatures that "live all over the world, except Antarctica." Unfortunately, the rhyming text seems contrived, and the informational paragraphs are occasionally inaccurate and confusing. For example, the book states that female kangaroos have pouches "in which their babies are born." Those looking for materials on this topic should try Laura Purdie Salas's Do Turtles Sleep in Treetops? (Picture Window, 2006) or Wendy Perkins's Animals Building Homes (Capstone, 2004). The charming folk-art-style illustrations done in watercolor and ink are the bright spot of this book. As an added bit of whimsy, Fowler has hidden a spider in every scene, which young readers may delight in finding.
—Debbie Lewis O'DonnellCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.