Common Critters: The Wildlife in Your Neighborhood

Common Critters: The Wildlife in Your Neighborhood


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Common Critters celebrates neighborhood wildlife in verse. A familiar cast of characters—worms, slugs, caterpillars, ladybugs, robins, mourning doves, houseflies, spiders, squirrels, skunks, and others—crawls, runs, buzzes, and flits through these lively poems, which show how exotic these seemingly ordinary creatures really are.

Dan Tavis’s humorous illustrations crank up the delight, and a child wanting to learn more will find it in the natural-history backmatter. Pat Brisson employs a variety of verse forms in the book, and she shows how it’s done in a back-of-book feature called “A Peek into the Poet’s Toolkit.”  

Common Critters is a three-tool STEAM book with delightful reading, natural history, and language skills rolled into one.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780884486916
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 1,112,395
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

Pat Brisson is the author of 20 books for young readers, including The Summer My Father Was Ten and Sometimes We Were Brave, Tummy Time Friends, and Common Critters. A graduate of Rutgers University, she is a former elementary school teacher, school librarian, and public-library reference librarian. Pat lives in New Jersey with her husband.

Dan Tavis (Dunbarton, New Hampshire) began doodling in his first math class in elementary school and was inspired to paint upon discovering Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. Watterson’s work remains a major influence. Dan is the illustrator of Common Critters (Tilbury House, 2020), The Whale Fall Café (Tilbury House, 2021), and the forthcoming Fluffy McWhiskers and the Cuteness Explosion (Simon and Schuster, October 2021) and has a passion to illustrate characters that emotionally connect with the viewer and tell stories through visual narrative. Dan creates illustrations with watercolor, ink, and digital media.

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