- Use promo code PRIMEBOOKS18 to save $5.00 when you spend $20.00 or more on Books offered by Amazon.com. Enter code PRIMEBOOKS18 at checkout. Here's how (restrictions apply)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Anybody Home? Hardcover – September 10, 2013
Special offers and product promotions
Anybody Home?- is ideal for nature education reading activities for children in grades K-2. - Midwest Book Review
The upbeat tale will help children to understand the purpose of why animals choose certain areas in which to make their homes with an emphasis on Habitat and Environment. - Homeschool Book Review
Whether in English or Spanish, I especially appreciated the vocabulary presented because even the newer terms were easy to understand with the colorful illustrations and detailed text. - Spanglish Baby
About the Author
Award-winning author Marianne Berkes (pronounced Ber-kess with two syllables) is a retired teacher and librarian who turned her love of nature and teaching into writing informational picture books. In addition to Anybody Home?, The Tree That Bear Climbed, and Animalogy for Sylvan Dell, some of Marianne's other recent and award-winning titles include: Going Home, The Mystery of Animal Migration; Over in the Ocean, in a Coral Reef; Over in the Jungle, a Rainforest Rhyme; Going Around the Sun, Some Planetary Fun, and Marsh Morning.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The story is quite simple; about Polly Possums search for a home. As is typical of books targeting young children, Polly goes from place to place, talking to various other animals.
What's great about this book is that there is an emphasis on Habitat and Environment. If you sit down and share this book with children they will learn that some animals are nocturnal, while others a diurnal. They'll start to think about all the types of different homes creatures have too. Birds have nests, for example, while foxes have dens, and spiders have their webs.
The animals covered are: Possum, squirrel, spider, robin, bees, turtle, mole, beaver, fox, and bats.
At the end of the book there are activity pages.
--The names of their 'homes' are given. For example, burrow, den, drey, hive....
-- The nature of their homes are discussed. What advantages they might provide. For example, a crevice can protect small animal from a large predator.
-- Diurnal and Nocturnal is discussed.
-- And finally, there is very cool section on maps and directions.
In sum, I really like this little book. The artwork is whimsical and fun, and there's a great deal of information covered in a kid-friendly fashion.
For those who need it, there are quizzes and worksheets available online --in both Spanish and English.
Robbie Robin was busy tending to his house, but there wasn't any room for Polly. Polly was going to have her babies soon and definitely needed a place to stay. Robbie flapped his wings at Polly and exclaimed, "I'm going to have babies too. We built our nest way up high to keep predators like you away!" Maybe someone else would have a bit of room for her. Polly kept moving and checked out the homes of Becky Bee, Suzy Squirrel, Timmy Turtle, and even Milton Mole. She searched and she searched. Would someone have a home for Polly `Possum before her little babies arrived?
This is the delightfully charming story of Polly `Possum who is searching for a home of her own. Young children will definitely love accompanying Polly as she searches for the perfect home to raise her own little family in. As the tale goes on, we find out about the many homes other animals have. For example, we learn that Milton Mole has a burrow and Betty Beaver has a lodge with a mote around it. The tale is upbeat and the full-page, full-color artwork is bold and bright with a touch of humor. In the back of the book are several activities, including some that can be downloaded and printed from the publisher's website. This is fun book that can be read at home or utilized for educational purposes in the homeschool or classroom setting.
This book courtesy of the publisher.
"Polly 'Possum is looking for a new home to raise her expected babies. Along the way, she meets a wide variety of diurnal and nocturnal animals. She learns how they build and live in webs, nests, hives, shells, burrows, lodges, dens, caves, dreys, and even hollows. While those homes are perfect for those animals, they aren't right for her. How does Polly find a home and will she find it in time?
Animals in this book include: bat, beaver, bee, fox, mole, opossum, robin, spider, squirrel, turtle and woodpecker."
A delightful tale explaining and helping children to understand the purpose of why animals choose certain places and areas in which to make their homes. Polly finally discovers her perfect place to call Home Sweet Home.
This version includes 4 pages of great learning activities for parents and educators to use at home or in the classroom. Included book activities are: explanation of animal homes, name the animal home, diurnal or nocturnal? and Polly's map.
Several online resources are available from the publisher's website. Included are: teaching activities (reading questions, math, language arts and science), interactive quizes (reading comprehension, for creative minds and math word problems), related websites, alignment to standards and author interview.
The second grade classroom I chose to share this book with for read aloud enjoyed the bright, whimsical illustrations. Each page introduces new vocabulary such as predators, drey, burrow, moat, etc. The text and illustrations simply yet effectively convey the meaning and explanations of the new words.
Excellent resource for children in grades K-2.