Even an Octopus Needs a Home
Written and illustrated by Irene Kelly
32 pages, ages 6 – 9
Holiday House, 2011
“There’s no place like home,” begins Irene Kelly. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a person or a penguin, everybody needs a home. From the highest branches of a tree to the ocean floor, Kelly shows the diversity of animal abodes.
Chimps build a new sleeping platform every night – but they aren’t the only ones to sleep in trees. Parakeets construct complex condos, wasps build paper walls and weaver ants glue leaves together to make a place to sleep/
Kelly reveals the secrets of apartment dwellers – termites and corals. She illustrates simple homes: dens beneath tree roots or just enough space to roost. She talks about floating homes (canvas-backed ducks), mobile homes (hermit crabs) and bubble homes (underwater spider).
“But all animals, including humans, need homes for the same reason,” she writes. “To have a safe and snug place to live and raise a family.”