Home in the Cave
Some books are written simply for the joy of presenting a picture book story and reading time for a youngster. Others are meant to be a spring board for discussion and research. Janet's book falls in the later category. As we read about the animals in the Cave and follow baby bat around, questions arise from my young ones, desiring to go deeper in study. I love that in a book, especially as a homeschool mom we tend to utilize a lot of what we call Unit Studies where the one topic is covered in all educational disciplines. The Home in the Cave lend itself very easily to this concept with the science, history of the caves and animals, the blindness of some animals not needing light, the numbers and math of the various critters in the cave as well as the social side of baby bat and his fear of leaving the cave.
She discusses guano, sure to be a hit with all little boys! My daughter, not so much. I loved the circle of life with the bats providing a large amount of the food for the creatures in the cave. I didn't know that and thought it was very interesting.
Shennen Bersani's illustrations are beautifully done, showing her love of nature. The critters from the bat and packrat to the crickets and salamanders look realistic yet still softened by her artistic talent.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.