Author(s): Gillian Candler
Following on from the acclaimed Whose Beak is This? and Whose Feet are These?, author Gillian Candler and illustrator Fraser Williamson turn to looking at homes. Whose Home is This? includes native birds and sea creatures, such as the yellow-eyed penguin, octopus and crabs. While having fun guessing which native animal lives in the different homes or habitats pictured, young children will learn how animals have different strategies for keeping themselves (and their young) safe. Being encouraged to look closely at the pictures teaches observation skills and children will start to learn more about what makes each animal unique.
Whose home is this, made from twigs and grass, among the flax bushes by the shore?
It’s Hoiho’s home.
A flipper is camouflaged amongst the smooth rocks by the sea, a seahorse tail hides behind seaweed floating under the water. Whose Home is This? is filled with illustrations of natural environments in New Zealand. Each page asks the question, whose home is this? Turn over the page and you are given the answer: it’s Kekeno’s home, it’s Manaia’s home. Filled with simple facts about each creature, this little story book is a great, interactive, guessing-game read, for age 3 to 6.
I love exploring and discovering nature here in New Zealand. The more I observe nature the more interesting things I see, such as a carefully woven grey warbler’s nest or a hermit crab using an old shell. Animal’s homes are so varied, burrows, nests, shells and rock piles. I’m fascinated by the way animals use camouflage or hide their homes.
You can read more about my observations when I’m out and about exploring and discovering nature on my blog explorediscovernature.blogspot.co.nz
Fraser Williamson is an internationally recognised artist/illustrator whose work ranges from large illustrative paintings to quirky children’s books that try to amuse and entertain. Fraser wishes to portray characters and environments that allow for imagination and diversity. His work has features in magazines, books and ad campaigns, both nationally and internationally, and he regularly exhibits his paintings at the Flagstaff Gallery in Devonport, many of which now adorn walls in Auckland, Melbourne, Finland, Malta and London.