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Step Inside!: A Look Inside Animal Homes    by Catherine Ham order for
Step Inside!
by Catherine Ham
Order:  USA  Can
Charlesbridge, 2012 (2012)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Here's a picture book both educators and parents will find very helpful in showing children how various animals live. Illustrated with color photos and featuring a narrative written in verse, this volume covers an eclectic range of insects and animals.

Wasps, spittlebugs, ants, spiders, and termites are shown in their natural domiciles as are mongoose, prairie dogs, moles, bats, mice, elephants and warthogs. In some instances the critters carry their houses with them, so you'll find a turtle, crab, and snail. Not to be left out, birds like to build their dwellings on high while a variety of sea dwellers, like the octopus, move into premises vacated by other critters.

The author manages to cover a variety of animals' habitats, thus giving the reader a good idea of where they dwell, be it way above, below or at ground level or in the sea.

This valuable resource would be an ideal way of introducing a study unit on human/animal dwellings or one that looks at where one should look for animals.

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