By Janet Halfmann, Illustrated by Shennen Bersani
Sylvan Dell Publishing, $9.95, 32 pages
Baby Bat loves his cozy cave home so much, he never wants to leave! His mother tells him to practice flapping his wings, it’s fun to hunt outside, but Baby Bat hopes he’ll never learn to fly. One night, the young bat accidentally tumbles into Pluribus Packrat’s nest. The kind rat takes Baby Bat on a grand tour of the cave and introduces him to many of the cave critters that live there. Baby Bat had no idea that so many amazing animals depend on bats for food. Will learning about his important role in the cave’s unique ecosystem convince Baby Bat to learn to fly?
An educational book about cave creatures and growing up, Home in the Cave takes readers on an adventure through darkness. As Baby Bat encounters blind salamanders, white crayfish, and other cave critters, readers are introduced to the intricate connections the creatures have to one another and to their cave home. Bats and bugs, stalactites and stalagmites, sonar and scent trails, are all part of the cave environment. The book also includes four pages of learning activities to promote further discussion.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Goss