Lonely Planet Kids' How Animals Build is a beautifully illustrated lift-the-flap hardback that explores the incredible world of animal architects. Children can open flaps and unfold spreads to discover amazing animal homes up high, underground, on land, and under the sea. From spider webs and rabbit warrens, to bird nests and ant colonies, and even coral reefs and beaver lodges, we reveal the secrets to these extraordinary structures and how they're built.
Do bees need cement mixers to build hives? Do beavers use cranes to construct dams? No, of course not! Like many animals, they're building geniuses who don't need building site tools to create incredible work. Welcome to nature's very own, super-clever world of construction.
Created in consultation with Michael Leach, wildlife expert, speaker, photographer, filmographer, and author of over 20 books on subjects ranging from big cats and owls to great apes and bears.
Themed topics include:
- Apartment Block with Branches
- Dig, Diggers, Dig!
- Number 1 Bunny Street
- A Winning Design
- It's Buzzing in Here!
- Nest Neighborhoods
- This Way to Waterworld
- Extreme Builders
- Mouse House Here
About Lonely Planet Kids: Come explore! Let's start an adventure. Lonely Planet Kids excites and educates children about the amazing world around them. Combining astonishing facts, quirky humor and eye-catching imagery, we ignite their curiosity and encourage them to discover more about our planet. Every book draws on our huge team of global experts to help share our continual fascination with what makes the world such a diverse and magnificent place-inspiring children at home and in school.
Named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 by the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) and Children's Book Council (CBC) 2017
"There are fun facts and lifting flaps galore in this lively compendium, with entire pages that unfold to reveal a bunny warren and a beehive, the many animals living in one tree and the wonders of a coral reef. Paired with Tim Hutchinson’s illuminating illustrations are brief discussions of everything from a naked mole rat’s burrow to the nearly five-foot wide nest of a European white stork. Readers also learn about some extreme builders, like two orb spiders who traveled to the International Space Station. This nicely laid out book will engage a variety of ages and interests."—Bookpage
"How do animals build their homes? The answer is revealed in its grand and impressive variety through a number of well-illustrated foldout pages and lift-the-flap features that show animal homes above ground, below ground, underwater, and even in human homes and farmyard barns. The colorful images are clearly labeled and the descriptive text will enhance readers’ knowledge...The generous volume of detail will help kids understand the author’s reference to animals as “building geniuses.”...A delight to browse through and even better for a close-up examination, this book is an excellent choice for nonfiction library collections and for classroom units on animals. It is also a useful mentor text for showing how information can be presented by successfully combining words and illustration."—School Library Journal