Australasia's Biggest Online Store

Shop over a million Toys in our Huge New Range

And So They Build


Product Description:

Gr. 3-5. In an intriguing thematic approach, noted illustrator Kitchen--Animal Alphabet (1984); Animal Numbers (1987)--examines 12 different animal builders and the design purposes behind each of their unique constructions. From satin bowerbirds to swallows, from cubiterme termites to harvest mice, the animals profiled vary from the exotic to the familiar. With each animal, Kitchen provides an information-laden paragraph or two about the animal's lifestyle and building activities on the left-hand page and an exquisitely detailed portrait of the animal and its construction within a natural landscape on the right-hand page (although the tiny termites are not readily visible in the painting of their large, umbrella-shaped nests). While it is disappointing that Kitchen fails to include either resource notes or a bibliography of suggested titles for further reading, this handsome picture book for older readers provides a fascinating glimpse of some of the architectural wonders to be found within the animal world and will be a welcome addition to most natural-history collections. Annie Ayres --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details


They build ingenious structures--umbrella-roofed houses, self-heating mound-homes and bowers painted in tasteful blueberry-blue. But these designers are untutored: they include the cubiterme termite, the harvest mouse, the swallow and the fastidious ``bowl-and-doily'' spider. Kitchen ( Animal Alphabet ) records a dozen startlingly distinctive building traditions in elegant spreads, with explanatory prose facing his characteristically luxuriant and precise watercolor-and-gouache paintings. Beautiful and scientifically accurate, the illustrations will lure even the slightly curious. The text, ever accessible, explains not only what these creatures build, but why: to protect their eggs, to trap their food, to shelter their young, etc. While Kitchen's book takes a more elementary approach than, for example, Bruce Brooks's Nature by Design , even adult artists and engineers will be inspired by the creativity and diversity of his subjects. Ages 4-up. (Sept.)

Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling And So They Build on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by, Inc.
Back to top