We Build Our Homes

Written by Laura Knowles

Illustrated by Chris Madden

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Another fascinating, beautifully illustrated information book from Words & Pictures, We Build Our Homes shows young readers how some of the amazing architects of the animal world build places to raise their babies, or protect themselves.  Amongst the 26 different creatures included are Tailorbirds, the ‘needle-beaked nesters’ who sew leaves together with spiderweb; Satin Bowerbirds, the ‘shiny-feathered, choose-me-now birds’, who decorate their homes with blue items to attract a mate; as well as Weaver Ants, Gopher Tortoises, Prairie Dogs and Chimpanzees.  The text is lyrical and sometimes playful, and a joy to read. The book also includes a useful map of the world, and a Builders’ Fact File.

Andrea Reece

We Build Our Homes Synopsis

It's not only humans who can build incredible structures: around the world, mammals, birds and insects can be found building incredible things. From big beaver dams to tiny caddisfly cases, this beautifully illustrated picture book explores each animal's incredible home and uncovers the reasons why they build. Featuring 26 creatures from around the world, each amazing animal architect tells its own 'micro story' about its impressive architectural skills in this delightfully unique wildlife book. Among the amazing builders you'll meet: Ovenbirds, who carry clumps of mud up into the trees to make their nest Darwin's bark spiders, who build webs stretching out as far as three buses, end-to-end Moles, who use their spade-like paws to dig extensive networks of tunnels with nesting spaces and storerooms where they keep earthworms to snack on later Polar bear mothers, who make their dens under the snow to stay in for five long months, nursing their cubs and eating nothing themselves Through lyrical text and entrancing edge-to-edge illustrations, admire the spectacular ingenuity of these animal architects.

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ISBN: 9781910277836
Publication date: 18/10/2018
Publisher: words & pictures an imprint of Aurum Press
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910277836
Publication date: 18th October 2018
Author: Laura Knowles
Illustrator: Chris Madden
Publisher: words & pictures an imprint of Aurum Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 64 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers

About Laura Knowles

Coming from a background in children’s publishing, Laura Knowles’s long-standing love of natural history, words and art has led her to work on books about animals and nature. Her first book, It Starts with a Seed, came about after she attended an art class drawing live animals, taught by the illustrator Jennie Webber. When she isn’t writing and editing, Laura spends her time creating her own artwork and exploring museums in search of inspiration. She lives in London with her two elderly goldfish. Follow Laura Knowles on Instagram here.

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