Nonfiction Monday:Bubble Homes and Fish Farts

Upfront Disclosure: I worked with Fiona last year as a panelist for the CYBILS NFPB category.  I wasn’t surprised when Fiona stepped away from the committee for this year. Have you seen her book?  I am excited to share Bubble Homes and Fish Farts by Fiona Baycock and illustrated by Carolyn Conahan with them.


And of course, it’s a CYBILS nonfiction picture book nomination.  Did you know that bubbles are used in many ways in the natural world?  From sailing, running, breathing , keeping warm, and popping to name a few, bubbles play an important role with a variety of land and sea animals.

The book format is child friendly.  Each page begins, “Bubbles are for_________(running,nesting,tasting, hiding in, etc.).  Following that description, an animal is introduced with both the common and scientific name.   How the animal makes use of bubbles is then explained.

I learned some  amazing facts. Did you know?

That “farts” is actually an acronym for Fast Repetitive Ticks?  That herring expelled swallowed air  as perhaps a means to communicate according to scientists.
That shrimp create  noise through bubbles?  It is another form of communication that has been loud enough to be picked up by U.S. Navy sonar.

That the bubbles created by the water spider are used in creating their home? Yep. The water spider dives from the surface bringing tiny bubbles together to create a big bubble to live underwater.

These facts and others are what lies in store for readers. Conahan’s water color illustrations makes the reader feel as though they are actually underwater at times.  There is a playfulness and whimsy in each illustration that begs to be looked at again and again.

The book is complete with more amazing facts about the bubble makers, a glossary and index.  In addition, it is evident that Baycock has done her research by the names in the acknowledgments.

 Title: Bubble Homes and Fish Farts
Author: Fiona Baycock
Date Published: 2009
Pages: 45
Reading Level: All
Publisher: Charlesbridge
ISBN: 978-1-57091670-0
Source of Book: Purchased for granddaughters

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