- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 4
- Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
- Series: Arbordale Collection
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing (February 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607185318
- ISBN-13: 978-1607185314
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,320,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Home in the Cave (Arbordale Collection) Paperback – February 10, 2012
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Facts about bats drive this story about a baby bat who makes friends with a pack rat. The cartoon-style illustrations are as highly anthropomorphized as the text. Four pages at the back provide information about cave life, rock formations, cave habitats, echolocation, and more. - Horn Book Guide
All things nocturnal and furry come alive in this unusual story of a baby bat learning about his surroundings...Fascinating scientific tidbits are made palatable and entertaining. - Foreword Reviews
Halfmann reveals factual details about bats through an eventful story line. - School Library Journal
About the Author
Janet Halfmann (pronounced Howlf-mun) is the award-winning author of forty fiction and nonfiction children's books, including Home in the Cave, Fur and Feathers, and Little Skink's Tail for Arbordale. Other recent titles include Animal Teachers; A Rainbow of Birds; Eggs 1, 2, 3; Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish; Good Night, Little Sea Otter; and Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story. Janet is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Before becoming a children's author, Janet was a daily newspaper reporter, children's magazine editor, and a creator of coloring and activity books for Golden Books. She is the mother of four and the grandmother of four. When Janet isn't writing, she enjoys gardening, exploring nature, visiting living-history museums, and spending time with her family. She grew up on a farm in Michigan and now lives in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Pluribus Rat takes Baby bat on a piggy back ride around the cave to educate Baby bat about the importance of Bats leaving the caves and their role in the circle of life.
This non-fiction picture book is endearing and sweet and gentle. The circle of life is not easy to teach younger children especially if it scares them. Janet Halfmann shows the children how life is and the importance of a ecosystem, encouraging more learning. Shennen Bersani brings emotion and definition to the story with her inspiring artwork of illustrating.
Masterful writing and illustrating. A great book to teach ecosystems, courage and friendship.
Published by Sylvan Dell.
What I liked and disliked about it:
I would be scared of flying if I was a bat because I would be scared of being eaten by the kinds of animals that like to eat bats. I learned that there are lots of different animals that eat bat poop so bats are really important to other animals. I also now know that bat poop is called guano. Of the animals in the book, I liked the bat, snake, the cave crayfish, and the white spiders best. Another thing I learned is that even though bats have eyes, they don't see really well and use sound to tell how far away things are.
I didn't like that the bat crashed into the wall because I liked the bat and I felt bad about him getting hurt.
My bottom line:
I really liked this book and I think that other boys and girls my age would like this book.
What I liked and disliked about it:
What a charming little book! The thing I like the most is that the author chose to feature an animal that is, in comparison to the cute little kitties, puppies, and bunnies often featured in young children's books, surrounded with mystique and is largely viewed as undesirable - a bat. Halfmann does a great job of demystifying bats and describing their important role in our ecosystem. In fact, many of Halfmann's other storybooks also feature animals that are not so cute and cuddly, such as skinks, starfish, porcupines, snakes, and so on. She is also the author of several non-fiction children's books about many different critters including bugs, mongooses, scorpions, lizards, as well as many others.
I actually learned something about bats myself. I knew about the benefits of guano but I learned about the variety of other cave-dwelling creatures which rely upon the bats' dinner scraps as well as the bats' other - ~ ahem~ - by-products. At the end of the book, there is also a four-page spread outlining more information about caves, stalagmites and stalactites (I can never remember which one points which way!), cave creatures, as well as more detailed information about bats. I really like how Halfmann includes the debate around whether bats are good or bad, helping kids understand how every creature has its own place in our ecosystem.
Aside from the educational value of the book and the beautiful illustrations, the story itself covers important themes such as finding the courage to "take flight" and seeing the value and taking pride in who you are and how you contribute to the wider society as a whole. Baby Bat teaches us all a lesson in this respect.
My bottom line:
I really, really liked this book because it has a strong story and it has educational value. I would recommend this book (and other Janet Halfmann books) to boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 8.
** The book Home in the Cave by J. Halfmann was provided free-of-charge by the author. **
Baby Bat didn't want to practice flapping his wings, but just in case his mom asked "if he had practiced," he decided he had to. All of a sudden he found himself airborne and BOOM! He smacked right into a wall and soon found himself tumbling into the nest of Pluribus Packrat. There were all kinds of interesting things he'd collected, but there were many more things to be seen in the cave. Pluribus Packrat got out his flashlight and decided to take Baby Bat for a tour. The first critter they saw was a "phoebe nesting on a ledge." Further into the cave there was a cricket and some cave salamanders. What kind of creatures would they see when they went further into the cave?
This is a fun, fictionalized book about cave bats and their habitat that the young reader will be entranced by. The picture book format with its charming, appealing artwork will encourage the most reluctant reader to complete the book. When Baby Bat is rescued and receives a tour of his own cave, the young reader learns a lot about the habitat of the cave bat. For example, we learn about the importance of bats to cave life and that "All the food in a cave comes from outside, and bats bring in most of it." In the back of the book is additional information on cave zones, rock formations, cave habitats, bat echolocation, a bat/human comparison section, and one on the advantages of having bats in and around. Additional learning activities can be found on the publisher's website.
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