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We Build Our Homes Small Stories of Incredible Animal Architects

Written by Laura Knowles

Illustrated by Chris Madden

We Build Our Homes Small Stories of Incredible Animal Architects 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.

We Build Our Homes Small Stories of Incredible Animal Architects Press Reviews

'... an intriguing look at the impressive architectural skills of creatures big and small.' * BookTrust * 'Knowles introduces us through gentle rhyme to the domestic lives of some common and unusual creatures, and Chris Madden brings their homes to life using strong contrasts from his watercolour palette.' * The Irish Times * 'Succinct text conveys image-rich detail... a compelling book, gloriously executed.' * BBC Wildlife *

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

About Laura Knowles

Laura Knowles has a background in children's publishing and is the author of We Travel So Far, Once Upon a Jungle, The Coral Kingdom and It Starts with a Seed, winner of the 2017 Margaret Mallett Award for Children's Non-fiction and shortlisted for the UKLA Book Award 2018. Her love of natural history, words and art have drawn her to work on books about animals and nature. Chris Madden is a Salford-born editorial and lifestyle illustrator. Since graduating from Stockport College with a first-class BA honours degree in Design and Visual arts, his illustrations have appeared in many national magazines and newspapers. ...

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