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A Place to Start a Family

Written by David L. Harrison & illustrated by Giles Laroche
Published by Charlesbridge
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A poetry collection introducing animal architects that build remarkable structures in order to attract a mate and have babies.

Many animals build something—a nest, tunnel, or web—in order to pair up, lay eggs, give birth, and otherwise perpetuate their species. Organized based on where creatures live—underground, in the water, on land, or in the air—twelve poems bring fish, insects, reptiles, mammals, and birds to life.

Giles Laroche’s intricate cut-paper illustrations are so life-like, readers will feel like they’ve stepped right into the homes of some of nature’s best builders.

Back matter includes more information about each animal.

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Who Wrote A Place to Start a Family

David L. Harrison
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David L. Harrison has published more than eighty books, including The Boy with a Drum (Golden Press), released in 1969, which has sold two million copies. David lives in Springfield, Missouri.

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Who Illustrated A Place to Start a Family

Giles Laroche

The landscapes of northern New Hampshire where I was born and spent the first two decades of my life are what inspired my desire to create art and I have been doing so since I can remember. At Montserrat College of Art in the early 1980s I began experimenting with a cut paper relief illustration that involved drawing, cutting, painting, and assembly with the use of spacers to enhance the dimension. People who saw my work said “hey, you should illustrate children’s books.” I followed up on that suggestion and landed my first children’s book project in 1985.

I’m lucky to have two studios to work in: one in my Salem, MA home high up on the third floor and the other in an old barn in southwestern New Hampshire. The latter has a glass wall from which I can observe moose, deer, black bears, and dozens of species of birds

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Publication Date:
January 16, 2018
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