By Marilyn Singer & Ed Young
Chronicle Books, $16.99, 32 pages
Renowned poet Marilyn Singer and Caldecott Medalist Ed Young come together to depict through art and poetry the wild and dangerous places that fourteen unique animals call home. This children’s book provides vivid examples of how extreme habitats, while not easily to live in, help these animals thrive by providing more safety from predators and less competition from other species. A Strange Place to Call Home is a collection of poetry describing these creatures of adaptation and the strange places they live. The artwork and poetry flow together to create little framed snapshots of each animal. Endnotes in the final pages give more detail about the animals, to satisfy young curiosity. In addition, there is an explanation of poetry forms used in the book, enabling the studious to learn the difference between a haiku and a terza rima. A perfect addition to the home library of any curious child six years and up. What child wouldn’t be curious?
Reviewed by Catherine McMullen