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Anybody Home?

Polly ‘Possum is looking for a new home to raise her expected babies. Along the way, she meets a wide variety of diurnal and nocturnal animals. She learns how they build and live in webs, nests, hives, shells, burrows, lodges, dens, caves, dreys, and even hollows. While those homes are perfect for those animals, they aren’t right for her. How does Polly find a home and will she find it in time?

Written by Marianne Berkes
Illustrated by Rebecca Dickinson 32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-8, Grades PK-3
Lexile: 500
Hardcover ISBN: 9781607186182, $17.95
Paperback ISBN: 9781607186304, $9.95

Educator Keywords: animal homes, plant-animal interaction, habitat interaction, life cycles, diurnal/nocturnal, map

Animals in the book: oppossum, spider, robin, bee, turtle, mole, beaver, fox, bat, woodpecker

Homeschool Book Review-November 2013
The upbeat tale will help children to understand the purpose of why animals choose certain areas in which to make their homes with an emphasis on Habitat and Environment....The full-page, full-color artwork by illustrator Rebecca Dickinson is bold and bright with a touch of humor and helps tell the story. There is a great deal of information covered in a kid-friendly fashion about how animals use their homes not only to sleep but also to protect themselves from predators, store food, and hide from the bad weather, as well as the concepts of diurnal and nocturnal.
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Books An' Such-November 2013
The teacher in me loves Sylvan Dell books, and this one is no exception. The illustrations by Rebecca Dickinson are vivid and detailed. Add the last few pages like our science curriculum. Anything to do with animals, children love! The books are now aligned with the common core State standards-Yay! If you go to, you can download a 15-30 page education activities Guide. The accelerated reading level is 2.8 and the recommended age for this book are K-2nd grade. This is a great book for primary teachers, parents of primary children, and homeschoolers! Enjoy!