Home in the Cave

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Baby Bat loves his cave home and never wants to leave it. While practicing flapping his wings one night, he falls, and Pluribus Packrat rescues him. They then explore the deepest, darkest corners of the cave where they meet amazing animals—animals that don't need eyes to see or colors to hide from enemies. Baby Bat learns how important bats are to the cave habitat and how other cave-living critters rely on them for food. Will Baby Bat finally venture out of the cave to help the ...

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Overview

Baby Bat loves his cave home and never wants to leave it. While practicing flapping his wings one night, he falls, and Pluribus Packrat rescues him. They then explore the deepest, darkest corners of the cave where they meet amazing animals—animals that don't need eyes to see or colors to hide from enemies. Baby Bat learns how important bats are to the cave habitat and how other cave-living critters rely on them for food. Will Baby Bat finally venture out of the cave to help the other animals?

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A young bat explores cave ecology, squired by a pack rat with a flashlight. In the gossamer-thin fictional overlay, little Baby Bat meets a pack rat named Pluribus who, with an illogical "We can use my flashlight and follow the scent trails I've made from room to room," sets off on a tour. After encounters with a bird, a snake and the teeming residents of the guano-covered floor ("Wow, I had no idea that so many animals depend on us for food!") Baby Bat crawls back up to the ceiling with a new appreciation for his--or at least his poop's--importance. Pale, realistically drawn but indistinct insects and other cave creatures swarm across Bersani's low-contrast colored-pencil illustrations, and the info-load is further expanded by several closing pages of additional information and discussion questions ("Are bats good or bad?"). An e-book version with extra features is also available. Bat lovers (or haters, for that matter) aren't going to learn anything here that isn't offered more clearly and with less anthropomorphism elsewhere. (Informational picture book. 6-8)
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PreS-Gr 2—Halfmann reveals factual details about bats through an eventful story line. When Baby Bat's mother goes out to search for food, her baby falls into the messy nest of Pluribus Packrat. With the aid of a flashlight, friendly Pluribus takes the little creature on a tour of the cave, and readers learn not only about cave bats but also about the cave environment, why cave bats are important to it, and how these bats impact other cave-dwelling creatures. Halfmann adeptly defines terms such as "stalactites," "stalagmites," and "guano" in context, and the factual material is nicely integrated into the story. At the end of their explorations, Pluribus returns Baby Bat to his nursery. Bersani's mixed-media artwork, predominately spreads, appears to be a combination of paint and pencil. Shades of brown, gray, and black create a realistic-looking interior. Light emitted from Pluribus's flashlight draws attention to the other critters, while emotions can be seen in the facial expressions of Pluribus and Baby Bat. Four pages of additional information for classroom lessons and activities are included. Children fascinated by bats and who grasp information better through a plotline rather than through straightforward nonfiction should find this an intriguing read. Readers eager for more information can turn to J. Angelique Johnson's Bats (Capstone, 2011) and Cindy Rodriguez's Bats (Rourke, 2010); both of these titles are organized topically and feature color photos.—Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607185222
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/10/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    Have you ever visited a cave and seen bats hanging from the ceil

    Have you ever visited a cave and seen bats hanging from the ceiling or flying around? Baby Bat lives in a cave with his mom, and he never wants to grow up and leave his home, especially when he hears scary stories from other bats about owls and foxes who prey on bats. However, his mom must fly out of the cave to get food. While she is gone, the little bat makes friends with Pluribus Packrat who teaches him all about some of the other cave creatures, such as phoebes, rattlesnakes, salamanders, cave crickets, crayfish, and many more. Baby Bat also learns the importance of bats to the cave habitat. Will he ever decide to fly out of the cave and go hunting with his mother?
    A lot of people are afraid of bats and hate them. However, these unique animals have some very important functions in the ecosystems in which they live. Janet Halfmann’s informative text and Shennen Bersani’s eye-catching illustrations combine to give a very sympathetic portrayal of life in the cave. The “For Creative Minds” section contains information about cave zones and rock formations, a quiz on cave habitats, a bat echolocation hands on activity, and a page comparing and contrasting bats, birds, and humans along with answers to the question, “Are Bats Good or Bad?” The publisher’s website gives further cross-curricular teaching activities and interactive reading comprehension and math quizzes for Home in the Cave. When our boys were younger, we toured several caves where we noticed bats in their natural habitat and attended programs on bat ecology. This book is a great way to study about these amazing creatures.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

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    Home In The Cave My Review: A story about a young baby Bat who

    Home In The Cave

    My Review: A story about a young baby Bat who loves the cave so much that he is afraid to leave it. In other to hunt for food, his mother told him that he needs to practice how to fly so he can hunt for his own food. While hearing stories told by other baby bats how their mothers caught a gazillion mayflies, almost got snatched by an owl or flew between a fox’s sharp teeth he was even more certain that he will never leave the cave until he met Pluribus Packrat. He learnt from Packrat while showing him around the cave how important bats are to other animals. The food dropping helps provide food for other cave critters to eat. Baby Bat couldn’t wait to let his mom know that he practiced flapping his wings so that he will be ready to go hunting with her the next day.

    The book also includes four pages of learning activities about Life in Caves Zones, Rock Formations, Cave Habitats, Hands On: Bat Echolocation, Compare and Contract: Bats, Birds and Humans and learn about Are Bats Good or Bad? The illustrations by Shennen Bersani are great and helps tell the story.





    Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from Sylvan Dell Publishing in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone

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