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Stuffed and wooden animals adorn a bedroom where seven children happily play. Fulfilling the youngsters' wish for a wilder site for their activities, animal friends offer ideas from their own habitats. Imaginative renderings of the homes of such quadrupeds as otters, monkeys and rabbits fill the pages. The eventual outdoor playroom incorporates the best of the suggestions into a treehouse shown on a three-page spread. Although a fantasy, this delightful story teaches a lot to preschoolers about what specific animals eat, how they move and where their homes are located. Writer/illustrator Melissa Mathis not only presents engaging pictures but also uses rhyme to present the text.
— Nancy McCray