________________ CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 38 . . . . June 4, 2010

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Have You Ever Seen a Stork Build a Log Cabin? (Have You Ever Seen).

Etta Kaner. Illustrated by Jeff Szuc.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2010.
32 pp., hardcover, $14.95.
ISBN 978-1-55453-336-7.

Subject Heading:
Animals-Habitations-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 3-7.

Review by Linda Ludke.

**1/2 /4

Seven animal and human homes are compared in this informational picture book. A question and answer format presents the material in a child-friendly manner. A good dose of humour adds to the fun.

Have you ever seen a stork build a log cabin?
That’s silly.
People build log cabins. How could a stork build a log cabin?”


     Jeff Szuc’s cartoon illustrations show a stork outfitted in lumberjack attire sawing a log. Other incongruous images include a mouse mowing grass with a lawnmower, a bumblebee building a house of cards and a hard-hatted termite balancing on a construction girder.

     The following double-page spreads provide facts about how each featured animal constructs its home. For example,

Storks also use wood to build their homes. The male brings branches, sticks and twigs to the nest. The female fits them in place. Stork nests can grow to the size of a small car.

 

internal art


     A “Play Around the World” game that is printed on the endpapers encourages children to compare their own homes to the grass, mud, stone and paper homes described in the book.

     This second title in the “Have You Ever Seen” series would be useful for primary units on habitats.

Recommended.

Linda Ludke is a librarian in London, ON.

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The Manitoba Library Association
ISSN 1201-9364
Hosted by the University of Manitoba.
 

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