This pair of engaging lift-the-flap books both take readers on journeys through the woods. The book about homes features a snail who is looking for the perfect home, not realizing what even the youngest readers will realize right away, that it’s on his back! The book looks at a variety of burrows, nests, holes in trees, tunnels, caves and more. The book about tracks tells the story of a fawn looking for its mother. The book offers a wide variety of tracks to explore. Some are in the forest, others on the shore, and still others on the farm and finally in the mountains.
There are a lot of lift-the-flap books on the market. These are something special because they allow little ones to guess the animal before lifting the flap. They also are full of information about the animals written at just the right level for young children. There is so much to explore in each of the books that it’s a real pleasure to open each flap.
Perfect for the youngest budding naturalists. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
Whose Home Is It reviewed from e-galley provided by Albatros. Whose Track Is It reviewed from copy provided by Albatros.
The riddle of animal tracks is deciphered here in a fun guessing game. The tracks of each animal are displayed along with information about the tracks and the animal that left them. Readers then turn the page to see whether they guessed right about what animal left those tracks. The pages with the animal have scientific information about the animal, their size, weight and their tracks. Tracks are left in mud, snow, sand and more. These too are hints about the animals, making the book speak to habitat too. This interactive book will have children embracing science and learning about animals without even realizing it.
Posada encourages children to learn more in the final pages of her book. She gives hints to decode animal tracks, offering ideas of what to look for in unknown tracks to help identify them. The book ends with links to websites and recommended books to read. Posada uses the page turn to great effect in this book, allowing the reveal to be a big part of the delight of reading this book. The guessing game element will be popular in story times but also for single readers.
Done in watercolor and collage, the illustrations have dimension and texture. The animals pop on the page and their tracks are clear and beautiful. When Posada has two creatures from the same habitat, their tracks are well defined and clearly different from one another. This adds to the fun of the read.
A nonfiction picture book that children will enjoy, this readable and accessible book will be a hit at any story time. Appropriate for ages 6-9.
Reviewed from digital galley received from Netgalley and Millbrook Press.