Praise and Reviews
"With glorious acrylic paintings, Stringer...works her heady visual magic...”There’s no place like home” has been said many times and in many ways, but rarely so convincingly."
--Publisher's Weekly (starred)
"Every aspect of the art is curved: the lines themselves, the overall shapes of the pictures, and the path the eye follows in looking at each of the illustrations... The result is a warm, comforting vision of home, extending from the animals in the natural world to the children sleeping in their beds on the last page. Beautifully crafted and satisfying."
"...Because the names of the animals are not mentioned, children can try to identify the creatures that live in each place, adding an element of participation to the story. Done in swirling acrylics, the bright and cheerful art provides visual clues to the text and reinforces the message about homes being “safe and snug.” This title can be enjoyed as poetry or paired with Mary Ann Hoberman’s A House Is A House for Me,(Puffin, 1982) as part of a unit on dwellings. "
--School Library Journal (starred)
"Many places make a home—a heap of twigs. / A honeycomb. / A castle with a tower or two. / An aerie with a bird's-eye view. . . ." In her simply phrased rhyme, Ashman surveys a variety of shelters... In big, richly colored scenes of beaver, bear, and other animal families curled up together, or solitary creatures from cocooned caterpillar to a rippling, spread-sized snail, Stringer expresses the cozy theme brilliantly, composing each picture with strongly drawn lines that curve around and in like cupped, protective hands…"
"is a quiet gem of a book. Written in rhyme and accompanied by vibrant acrylic illustrations, this book introduces many of the unique and interesting places that animals make their homes….The illustrations that accompany each line of the poem are bright and warm, depicting each animal in its home and often the habitat that home is found in...This is an engaging text that will leave readers wanting to know more about the animals and their homes."
--Miss Rumphius Effect Blog
Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs
To purchase a copy of Lauren Stringer's Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs visit your local independent bookstore, or order online at: