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This vibrantly illustrated picture book celebrates a variety of woodland creatures as they make their homes and prepare for their young.

Welcome to a serene woodland where lots of expectant animal parents are in their nesting phase--that is, busy preparing safe, cozy homes for their growing families. As they dig, tunnel, gnaw, and gather, they create dens, burrows, lodges,
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Nancy Paulsen Books
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Michelle
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-livie
This is another great library loan that my daughter loved. The illustrations are just beautiful and you can tell it is mixed media (which I love). It follows several different animals/insects in how they build their homes, what they eat and what their young are called.

Perfect for kids who love animals and nature.
Shaye Miller
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a beautiful picture book, showcasing the various types of habitats built by different forest creatures. In poetic text, we learn about the various types of homes that are built and when watch as each animal waits for the arrival of their babies. The illustrations allow the reader to see underground, into a bee’s hive, into nests, etc. as each home withstands a variety of weather/seasons. The artwork in this book was done in mixed media, including acrylic, colored pencil, and collage on pape ...more
Mrs. Mazzola
Very attractive illustrations and cute animal pictures will surely interest some kids. I enjoyed the various homes and materials and the general presentation of information, but it was not particularly original and the cadence lends itself to more of a bedtime read, than a larger group share.
Krysta
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous, dreamlike illustrations. Short, rhyming text. Plenty of animals to point out on each page.
KC
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Soft but vibrant illustrations and animal habitats.
Kris
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful picture book about looking closely at nature, especially the homes that animals build. A lovely book for spring.
Peacegal
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book with delightful illustrations. The forest is full of life; creatures who build all sorts of homes, nurture and raise young, and set off to do their jobs in nature. Great reminder that there is life all around us and that we should take time to stop, look, listen and respect.
Cathy Ogren
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful picture book about animals and their homes written by Varsha Bajaj. Accompanying Bajaj’s lyrical tale are colorful illustrations by Simona Mulazzani, depicting animals building homes for their new family members. Varsha Bajaj’s rhyming text asks questions of the reader “Do you see the builders work? Do you see the homes? Do you see the babies? Do you see the families?” The text and illustrations encourage readers to become an active part of reading the book. The author’s cho ...more
Kristina Jean Lareau
3.5 stars

The illustrations in this soft picturebook are provide great color contrast, and stylistically match the tone of the narrative. While some of the animals' anatomy is a little...creative in their depictions, overall, the illustrations capture soft moments in the forest. Unfortunately, the rhyming text doesn't really offer a narrative, but instead feels like a list of animals in the forest. A decent read, just very, very slow.
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Sandy Brehl
Appealing art and text will make this introduction to various animal homes a favorite. It is not intended to consider predator/prey or food chain cycles, but the complexity of the situations would lend itself to those discussions with slightly older readers. With the setting of a temperate forest to anchor the examples featured, this will work well with Messner's OVER AND UNDER series, Aston's A NEST IS NOISY, and Fleming's THIS IS THE NEST THAT ROBIN BUILT. ...more
Jillian
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting look at the materials, locations, and building methods used by several different kinds of critters. A nice, subdued color palette for the illustrations and simple, rhyming text with only a few words per page make it easy for even tiny humans to follow.
Mande
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read this to my great-niece and I enjoyed how the words flowed and rhyme with the poetic text. They were also different enough to make my mouth move differently and present her with new words and sounds.
Donalyn
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Beautiful illustrations. Great mentor text for word choice.
Marcia
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A pretty picture book that highlights animal's homes. A perfect toddler story time read. ...more
Judy Ripke
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: previews
Recommended as a mentor text for word choice.
Megan
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Various animals make their homes.
Anthony
Woodland creatures take the time to secure housing for their future families. Dens, lodges, nests, above ground, and under ground are the abodes of many animals.
Cara Byrne
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
"Do you see the families? Born to be wild, to work and play, learning to soar, growing each day." With gentle illustrations and soothing verses, this was a nice bedtime read. ...more
Raven Black
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 rating. Overall poetic look at animals and what they do to make a home and family in toddler friendly language
Laura
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Through detailed, inviting artwork and gentle rhyme, readers explore the ways various animals make their homes. A nonfiction treat!
Kristin
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The storyline is a little scattered, but a great book to use when learning and talking about animals and how they build homes and families.
Tracie
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Animals burrow, hide, tunnel, creep. nibble and gnaw to make homes in the outdoors.
Rachel
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
An easy, aesthetically cute read.
Marcie
A couple of times the rhyming text made for difficulty as a read aloud but overall I liked this.
Chris
A beautiful look at different types of animals building their homes up in trees and under the earth.
Josephine Burks
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful pictures. Lovely story.
Y.Poston
Beautiful exploration of
animal builders in natural settings
Jenny
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Colorful illustrations show animals building homes and raising their babies there. Great for snuggling sessions or discussion starters on habitat.
Karen
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A joy to read aloud with lovely, engaging artwork.
Miss Pippi the Librarian
2020 storytime theme: Foxes
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Varsha Bajaj grew up in Mumbai, India. When she came to the United States to obtain her master’s degree, her adjustment to the country was aided by her awareness of the culture through books. In addition to her previous picture books, she wrote the middle-grade novel Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood, which was shortlisted for the Cybils Award and included on the Spirit of Texas Reading Program. She ...more

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