Friday, July 23, 2021

Where do the Animals Live?


Do You Know Where the Animals Live?: Discovering the Incredible Creatures All Around Us 
by Peter Wohlleben and translated by Shelley Tanaka 
84 pages; ages 7-10
Greystone Kids, 2021

Author Peter Wohlleben invites readers to go on a journey of discovery through the pages of this book. You don’t need to go to a zoo to see animals, he says – they live all around you. In the first chapter he highlights animals that you might find living in your backyard. He ponders why birds fly south, whether animals have houses, and then takes us on a field trip to find stream animals.

Chapter two focuses on what animals eat – and the things they leave behind! In another chapter he focuses on animal babies, and reminds us that birds aren’t the only ones to lay eggs. We get an insider’s look at how animals grow up, different kinds of animal families, and what happens to them as they grow older. There’s a chapter on survival strategies, one on language, and a great discussion about animal emotions.

Scattered throughout the pages are “try this” activities and “look closer” features that focus on specific animals or topics. This is a great book to put in the hands of any kid who wants to grow up to be a forest ranger, zoo keeper, veterinarian, animal trainer …. I would have loved it as a kid – and as a homeschooling parent.

Thanks for dropping by today. On Monday we'll be hanging out at Marvelous Middle Grade Monday with other  bloggers. It's over at Greg Pattridge's blog, Always in the Middle, so hop over to see what other people are reading. Review ARC provided by the publisher.


  1. Sue, this looks like such a great book. So many great features.

  2. You always find the best books. I just ordered this from my library. It looks great. Thanks for the post.

  3. I would have loved this as a kid- and I will love it as an adult too. I love learning facts about animals and seeing pictures that go with the information. Looks and sounds fantastic! :)

  4. Looks and sounds great. Both kids and adult are fascinating with animals so exploring where they hang out is the perfect non-fiction book. Thanks for featuring on MMGM.

  5. This sounds like such a fascinating read, and I love that this book specifically emphasizes the kind of animals kids might actually find nearby! Also, I just realized that your picture book 13 Ways to Eat a Fly is actually offered by my library through Hoopla, which is delightful—I'll look forward to reading it! Thanks so much for the great review!

  6. What a engaging and beautifully crafted book for kids. I like that the author takes kids into their own backyards to check out the animals living there. Great share!