Leaving Home (Hardcover)

By Sneed B. Collard III, Joan Dunning (Illustrator)

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780618114542, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 25, 2002

List Price: 15.00*
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We all “leave the nest” eventually, and animals do, too. Here we follow different creatures from all sorts of environments as they leave home and venture off to make their own place in the natural world. Some walk (jaguars), some crawl (crabs), some swim (sharks). Some leave as soon as they’re born (salamanders), and others leave after several years (elephants). Albatrosses fly across oceans while hedgehogs walk only a short distance away. And songbirds even come back.

About the Author

Sneed B. Collard III has written more than fifty books for young people. In 2006, he received the Washington Post–Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award for his body of work. He lives with his family in Montana.To learn more about Sneed B. Collard III, visit www.sneedbcollardiii.com.

Joan Dunning has written and illustrated several books for adults about natural history. This is her first book for children. Ms. Dunning resides in Arcata, California, with her family.

Praise For Leaving Home

"Collard explores the concept imaginatively, writing with admirable simplicity in the short text, introducing children to more complex thoughts and vocabulary in the longer one." Booklist, ALA

"The book is well designed, visually attractive, written in sensitive, and, at times poignant language. A book to appreciate on many levels, it should appeal to a wide age range." starred review Library Talk, Linworth Publishing