44 pages, colour illustrations
Of all the miracles of life, it is life's persistence that astounds the most. In the endless black of the deepest caves, blind fish find their way. In a frozen forest, snow monkeys find a cozy hot spring to keep warm. Even in the salt desert's barren cold, flamingoes bloom like vivid flowers. The 14 animals in A Strange Place to Call Home defy the odds and make their homes in the unlikeliest of places – under the weight of seas, in the belly of tar pits, in the sandstorm's mouth.
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Marilyn Singer is the author of more than ninety books for children and young adults in many genres, but she especially loves to write poetry. Her works include A Stick Is an Excellent Thing, A Full Moon Is Rising, and the award-winning Mirror Mirror. She lives with her husband and several pets in Brooklyn, NY, which is sometimes a strange place to call home, and in Washington, CT, where bobcats and weasels walk across her backyard.
Ed Young has illustrated more than eighty books for children (many of which he also wrote). Born in Tientsin, China, he is the winner of both the Caldecott Medal and the Caldecott Honor, in addition to many other awards. He lives with his family in New York.