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We Build Our Homes: Small Stories of Incredible Animal Architects

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  31 reviews
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 a
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by words & pictures
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La Coccinelle
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really like this book! It's a fascinating look at animal architects and the things they build. There are so many examples, including many animals you might not have heard of before, and each one is accompanied by beautiful pictures.

For a picture book, this is quite long and there's a fair amount of text. But kids who are interested in birds, insects, or other animals will find this a fascinating read. As an adult, I learned all sorts of things that I didn't know before. I especially liked lear
Clare O'Beara
This is a delightful book which vividly portrays the lives of various creatures that make nests, dens or other homes. Birds start us off with weaverbirds, bowerbirds, swifts, then on to less attractive creatures like ants, termites, spiders, before meeting mammals and reptiles. I enjoyed every double-page spread drawing, which carries a few lines of writing and excellent detail. The writer has really thought about how to shrink information and still convey it well, while added details include th ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4,5/5. I’m always unsure about book that presents information on animal, or anything else, with illustrations instead of real pictures. This is one of those. But it’s still a very good book. It presents a vast variety of animals and their nest/home (shape, materials, place, etc.). The first half is mostly focus on bird (I didn’t know that there was such different types of bird nest). And the other half goes through insects and mammals. Very instructive and well done with simple text structure th ...more
26/52 books read in 2019.

Because I love this one and I still had some time left on my NetGalley download.

11/52 books read in 2019.
Provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a beautiful picture book. The illustrations are rich, colorful, and they gave a life-like quality to my mental pictures that remind me of the effect of a good documentary.

The animals chosen for this book are animals from all over the world and I love that both small and large animals are represented.
I also
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an amazing book about Animal Architects, habitats and various reasons that animal homes are the way they are. This is a non-fiction book full of wonderful illustrations and information that should get children talking about different things. I read (or tried to read) this book to my five year old grandson and he was too young. There is a lot of text and he didn't want to listen to it all. He was fascinated with the illustrations and asked me questions that I answered based on the text. T ...more
Laura (Book Scrounger)
4.5 stars

We Build Our Homes is such a cute, readable nonfiction book, telling the stories of animals who are known for building homes -- especially unique ones. Each species of animal has a beautifully illustrated two-page spread to tell its story from a first person perspective (as the "we" in the title implies), which I think makes the text more story-like for young children.

We learn about birds, insects, mammals, and more animals that build their houses out of many different materials and in
B.A. Wilson
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is nonfiction with simple explanations and excellent vocabulary. The artwork is gorgeous, and I loved the explanations for how animals and insects create nests, burrows, and homes. It starts with birds, then moves on to insects, then switches over to other creatures, everything from amphibians to mammals. They choose creatures from all different biomes to make it more interesting.

I loved this one, and I think my 6 year-old nephew would also love it. I actually learned a lot, and I even thi
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Going from insects to birds to mammals, Knowles picks out some of the most unique nests/homes built out in the wild. Supported by illustrations, we get to see what everything looks like, why it's building it, and any other interesting benefits that come along with the construction (e.g. other animals might utilize a tunnel).

This looks to be a great introduction for kids, helping to stoke that fire of wildlife curiosities and a great conduit to help them realize just how amazing the world can be
Genevieve Trono
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Our grade school aged children always have a lot of questions about animal habitats so this was a great book to read with them. Not only were the illustrations beautiful but it was super informative and a great way to connect us to the animals around us.

"Our homes are places we share with our families. Our homes are places where we can rest and feel safe. Animals build for the same reason. "

Each page shared about a different animal and why, where and how they build their home. There were a wild
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
An interesting read to get kids both young and old interested in the building skills of animals on the planet including humans. Clearly explaining how creative and clever each one is. A great book to start discussion, teach avout the world, get an interest started in science and nature. It’s got great illustrations to show exactly what she’s describing and there’s a lot on offer to keep readers interested. A great read.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest review
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
"We Build Our Homes" is a wonderful picture book about animals' habitats. Twenty six animals along with their homes are being introduced here. I enjoy the beautiful illustrations, and is fun to read aloud because text is written in poetic prose. This is an educational non-fiction for children of all ages. Younger children could simply learn the names of the animals and homes associated with them whereas older children, if they're interested, could read the text for more information.

What a wonder
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very impressive, informative, colorful picture book about the different types of homes that birds, insects, arachnids, and mammals build for themselves. They do so to raise their young, to attract mates, and to take shelter.

Some very delightful examples, including bower birds, trapdoor spiders, and meerkats.

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The text is very brief, this is a picture book, after all, but the important information about the why and what is included. The pictures are wonderful too.

All and all delightful,
Dana Storytime Account
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I had really high hopes for this book and had ideas of being able to use it for both my Stories and Steam program at the library as well as Jr Scientist at the park but it's too long to do that so that was my first let down. The illustrations we pretty well done, but I prefer nonfiction books about animals to use real pictures and I think with this book that could have been done very easily to show what these homes and animals look like in real life through photographs instead of illustrations. ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! I love looking a the animal homes in my neighborhood. The nests are so well built.Robins build the nicest ones I think! But there are even better nest builders in the world-weaver bird comes to mind and is covered in this book! I've seen burrowing animals, but have no way to look inside their nests, so I have to see them on Nat Geo! Barring that, littles will enjoy this book of animal homes. So many animals are covered in it! I love the illustrations and am sure that when we get th ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lyrical look at animals, insects, and others (including humans) who build unique and often unusual homes for themselves and their families. Author Laura Knowles offers clear and fact-filled glimpses of 26 interesting builders from around the world, all clever architects who build to meet their exact needs, often using nearby resources. Chris Madden's lovely illustrations also help readers understand each creature's story while highlighting each home's coziness.

*Netgalley provided a copy of thi
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This was a nice informative book about animals that build nests. The information is simple and on point and the illustrations manage to showcase the nest and the animal building it.

My only issue with this book was that I was not entertained or looking forward to reading it. It did not make me curious to find out more about the animals and the illustration style was not popping, although there were a few illustrations quite gr
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a delightful picture book. We Build Our Homes is very informative and gives insight on how animals and humans build their homes. Animals include honeybees, trapdoor spiders, meerkats, termites, polar bears, chimpanzees and so on. With beautiful and colorful illustrations accompanying each story, these stories are long enough to pique a child's interest in animals and their habitats. Highly recommend to everyone.

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - words & pictures for an ARC
Rogene Carter
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful look at the many habitats and animals that inhabit our great earth. Particularly useful for teacher's teaching animal units.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful illustrations of a variety of birds, insects, reptiles and mammals and the homes they build. We learned so much from this book! A great addition to a family library.
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
Aimee Dars
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We Build Our Homes by Laura Knowles and illustrated by Chris Madden highlights what all animals on earth share: homes. But homes don’t serve the same purpose for all; some are meant to attract mates, others for comfort or storage, and even more to protect.

Told from the perspective of the builders, Knowles takes the reader through the construction of nests, dams, mounds, tunnels, webs, and even houses. The book includes three sections featuring birds, “minibeasts” (insects and reptiles), and mamm
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Interesting book on how animals, birds, reptiles and insects build their homes. Illustrations are beautiful. It has information on animals from all over the world. It also has a builder's fact file at the end

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the eARC
Teresa Grabs
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this children’s picture book. This nonfiction book looks at how twenty-five animals and humans, build their homes. Animals include weaver birds, termites, trapdoor spiders, honeybees, polar bears, and harvest mice. Each animal’s page includes wonderful illustrations by Madden that brings the animal’s habitat to life. This book is definitely able to be read and reread over time.

Thank you NetGalley and Quarto Publishing for the opportunity to read an advance reader copy.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm always on the lookout for great books to gift children of friends and family. This one did not disappoint! We Build Our Homes includes a good range of animals from around the world, shows the types of homes they build through beautiful illustrations and description and at the end, each featured animals native area is documented. Younger kids will enjoy the colorful illustrations while older kids so enjoy learning about the unique structures different animals build. Great gift to bring more n ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We build Our Homes by Laura Knowles

is a wonderful, beautifully illustrated children's books about the various houses created by animals.

Our house is a nest, a secure place where to return, and a place in grade to speak of our habits, our customs, our traditions. It's the passage of our existence, what we love, what we want to keep close to us; it defines us much better than anything else.

For animals is the same. In fact, we use expression like "Our nest, an empty nest" because we feel that conn
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book that I can't wait to share with my grandkids. I kept thinking as I read it, that the author should have included some geography as part of the stories of all the wonderful and interesting creatures she tells about. Surprise! The last several pages are just that - detailed description of each creature and it's habitat. Fantastic!
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Our name means “earth pig.” Can you guess why? We gouge out a burrow with our powerful claws, digging into the soil like spades. Each of us has a burrow of our own. We sleep through the day, down where it's cool and dark. When the baking sun sets, out we come to snack on termites. Though our burrows may not look like much to you, they can be big and have many entrance tunnels. Many other animals use them too. You might find a pangolin or a porcupine in one... perhapseven a leopard! You see, our ...more
Cathy LunaCat
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked reading this book that will for sure captivate children who love nature and animals. They will learn how different animals build their home. The illustrations are really great and the text is well integrated on each page.
Sharon Tyler
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
We Build Our Homes is a nonfiction book for young readers written by Laura Knowles and illustrated by Carla Madden. It’s not only humans who can build incredible structures: around the world, mammals, birds, and insects can be found building incredible things. From biggest beaver dams to tiniest caddisfly cases, this beautifully illustrated picture book explores each one and uncovers the reasons why they build. Each spread looks at a different animal, told as though from their viewpoint. The ama ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I am reviewing this book for Laura Knowles, and NetGalley who gave me a copy of their book for an honest review
This is a fantastic book full of facts – lots of things I didn’t know – delightful illustrations – just perfect for anyone interested in nature
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