Home in the Cave by Janet Halfmann

 Before today, I was fairly certain there was nothing that could make bats seem adorable. Janet Halfmann’s new book, Home in the Cave, just proved me wrong.

Baby Bat loves his home in the cave. He doesn’t want to learn to flap his wings or go out and hunt. When Pluribus Packrat rescues him after a flying mishap, they explore the deepest, darkest corners of the cave and find many amazing animals that depend on the bats for food. Is Baby Bat brave enough to help the others?

Though I adore Halfmann’s work, I had reservations about traveling through a book about bats and cave-dwelling critters; even if all of them were depicted so charmingly by Shennen Bersani. But despite beetles and mites, and rattlesnakes and spiders, I found myself drawn to Home in the Cave. Young readers are treated to an ecology lesson that also teaches them about trying new things and becoming more independent. By giving Baby Bat the right motivation (helping others) Pluribus Packrat helped Baby Bat realize what bats mean to the habitat in which they live and the creatures they share it with.

Also included is educational information about: caves, rock formations, cave habitats, and bat echolocation. Kids can compare bats, birds, and humans. There’s also a brief section on whether bats are good or bad based upon the information they just read.

Home in the Cave would be an excellent addition to any school or home library. Highly recommended!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Paperback:32 pages
  • Publisher:Sylvan Dell Publishing (February 10, 2012)
  • ISBN-10:1607185318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607185314
  • SRP: $9.95
  • Also available in a hardcover edition

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation of any kind for this review.

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