Web Of Life

Web of Life Children’s Books publishes timeless picture books introducing children to the workings of the natural world.


51ZRT3X+EiLCat in the Night

By Madeleine Dunphy, Illustrated to Joshua S. Brunet

Ages 5-9, 32 pages, Fall 2016

$16.95 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0-9883303-6-9, ISBN-13: 978-0-9883303-6-8



Here Is the Tropical Rainforest TropicalRainforest

By Madeleine Dunphy, Illustrated by Michael Rothman
Ages 3-8, 32 pages, Fall 2006

$9.95 Paperback
ISBN-10: 0-9773795-0-7, ISBN-13: 978-0-9773795-0-7
$16.95 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0-9773795-1-5, ISBN-13: 978-0-9773795-1-4



Here Is the African Savanna AfricanSafari

By Madeleine Dunphy, Illustrated by Tom Leonard
Ages 3-8, 32 pages, Fall 2006

$9.95 Paperback
ISBN-10: 0-9773795-2-3, ISBN-13: 978-0-9773795-2-1
$16.95 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0-9773795-3-1, ISBN-13: 978-0-9773795-3-8



Here Is the Coral Reef CoralReef

By Madeleine Dunphy, Illustrated by Tom Leonard
Ages 3-8, 32 pages, Fall 2006

$9.95 Paperback
I ISBN-10: 0-9773795-4-X, ISBN-13: 978-0-9773795-4-5
$16.95 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0-9773795-5-8, ISBN-13: 978-0-9773795-5-2



Here Is the Southwestern Desert SouthWesternDesert

By Madeleine Dunphy, Illustrated by Anne Coe
Ages 3-8, 32 pages, Fall 2007

$9.95 Paperback
ISBN-10: 0-9773795-0-7, ISBN-13: 978-0-9773795-0-7
$16.95 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0-9773795-1-5, ISBN-13: 978-0-9773795-1-4



ArcticWinterHere Is the Arctic Winter

By Madeleine Dunphy, Illustrated by Alan James Robinson
Ages 3-8, 32 pages, Fall 2007

$9.95 Paperback
ISBN-10: 0-9777539-1-3, ISBN-13: 978-0-9777539-1-8
$16.95 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0-9777539-0-5, ISBN-13: 978-0-9777539-0-1



Wetland_CoverHere Is the Wetland

By Madeleine Dunphy, Illustrated by Wayne McLoughlin
Ages 3-8, 32 pages, Fall 2007

$9.95 Paperback
ISBN-10: 0-9773795-8-2, ISBN-13: 978-0-9773795-8-3
$16.95 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0-9773795-9-0, ISBN-13: 978-0-9773795-9-0



Here Is Antarctica Antartica

By Madeleine Dunphy, Illustrated by Tom Leopard
Ages 3-8, 32 pages, Fall 2008

$9.95 Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-0-9777539-7-0
$16.95 Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-9777539-4-8



Peregrines_JourneyThe Peregrine’s Journey: A Story of Migration

By Madeleine Dunphy, Illustrated by Kristin Kest
Ages 5-9, 32 pages, Fall 2008

$9.95 Paperback
ISBN-10: 0-9777539-2-1, ISBBN-13: 978-0-9777539-2-5
$16.95 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0-9777539-3-X, ISBN-13: 978-0-9777539-3-2



tortisehome-coverAt Home with the Gopher Tortoise: The Story of a Keystone Species

By Madeleine Dunphy, Illustrated by Michael Rothman
Ages 5-9, 32 pages, Fall 2010

$9.95 Paperback
ISBN-10: 0-9777539-6-4, ISBN-13: 978-0-9777539-6-3
$16.95 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0-9777539-6-4, ISBN-13: 978-0-9777539-6-3



Cat in the Night

Cat in the Night is the real deal. This is a great little book.”—John Bradshaw, bestselling author of Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet.

“A cat relies on his senses during a nocturnal foray. As a little black girl falls asleep, Rusty, her cat, wakes up, slips out the window, and instantly smells an intruding cat. Intent on the other feline, Rusty avoids a skunk and leaps onto the backyard fence. Leaving his scent as he “tiptoes along its ledge like a tightrope walker in a circus,” Rusty tracks the cat’s scent into the neighbor’s yard, where two raccoons are playing. Temporarily diverted by a high-pitched squeak and quick mouse hunt, Rusty watches an opossum disappear into the bushes. Finally, a scratching sound lures Rusty onto the garage roof, where he confronts the alien cat. A feisty feline fight with hissing and screeching ensues, then Rusty chases the intruder across the street. Homeward bound as dawn breaks, battle-weary Rusty finishes his kibble and crawls into bed as the little girl wakes up, unaware he’s been on the prowl. Realistic illustrations created with acrylic, oil, and colored pencil capture the drama of Rusty’s nighttime adventures. His taffy-and-white fur jumps out against the dark shapes and shadows of the backyard, highlighting his activities. Double-page close-ups and unusual perspectives invite a cat’s-eye view. A “More About Cats” page reinforces the textual and visual focus on feline senses. Intriguing peek into the secret life of cats.”— Kirkus Reviews

“Deftly written by Madeleine Dunphy and charmingly illustrated by Joshua S. Brunet, “Cat in the Night” is an impressively entertaining story about a little girl falls asleep just as her cat wakes up. Children ages 5 to 9 who have ever wondered what their cat does at night will experience the night-time world through the cat’s eyes, ears, nose, whiskers, and feet as he travels the neighborhood, meeting up with other denizens of the night. Thoroughly ‘kid friendly’ and wonderfully entertaining from first page to last, “Cat in the Night” is very highly recommended for family, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.”— Midwest Book Review

“As Gwen sleeps soundly, her curious cat, Rusty, stalks the neighborhood using all of his feline senses to explore, in Madeleine Dunphy’s “Cat in the Night.” Bright stars and flashing eyes flicker across the deep blues and purples of Joshua S. Brunet’s nighttime illustrations, creating a hushed, peaceful tone for Rusty’s sniffing, slinking, stalking, and searching. Children are encouraged to look out for all the critters Rusty encounters on his way as well as instances of his heightened use of hearing, vision, touch, balance, and smell, all integral cat behavior, whether snuggling with a friendly little human or getting ready to pounce on a backyard predator.”— Foreword Reviews


Here Is the Tropical Rain Forest

NSTA_AwardNamed an “Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12” by the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) and Children’s Book Council

“Both the pictures and language are worthy of note . . . The words read aloud with a distinct rhythm, and Rothman’s artwork, in a palette of subduedgreens and browns, shows readers the  connectedness of plants and animals. . .” — Booklist

“Children will be drawn into this exotic world by both the rhythmical text and the lush illustrations that fill the pages.” — Language Arts

“The exceptionally realistic and lush color drawings of Michael Rothman help this stand apart from the usual tropical rain forest considerations, making it a fine introduction with simple yet appealing descriptions and fine visuals.”
— Midwest Book Review

“This cumulative tale starts in the rain forest, adds creatures great and small, and ends with the rain that fills the rivers. Rothman’s lovely illustrations, done in the lush greens of the wet tropics, accompany the sing-song verses. . . . As a picture book, this title serves to illustrate some of the rain forest’s creatures and to acquaint children with this  important part of the world . . . .” — School Library Journal


Here Is the African Savanna

NSTA_AwardNamed an “Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children” by the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) and Children’s Book Council

“This is an attractive, effective way to introduce ecology to young readers.” — The Horn Book Guide

“A lovely, circular, cumulative tale evokes the landscape and animals of the Africa savanna.  Dunphy’s wording is a pleasure to read, and her . . . . structure is musical. Leonard’s artwork is equally engaging.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A classic style of cumulative verse builds the text as it weaves the story of the food web of the African savanna. The strength and survival of the animals is illustrated by luminous paintings featuring the interdependence of each strand of the food web.” — Science and Children


Here Is the Coral Reef

NSTA_AwardNamed an “Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children” by the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) and Children’s Book Council

RRbow_stamp_allReviewed on Reading Rainbow!

“Beginning simply with “Here is the coral reef,” a cumulative text builds to describe various attributes of this colorful environment . . . this vibrant, idealized picture of the southern hemisphere reef will grab and hold the attention of young viewers.”School Library Journal

“This vividly illustrated book presents the interdependence of the various inhabitants of the ecosystem that is Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  The repeating verse style will engage young readers as they gain an appreciation of the plants, fish, and other sea creatures that live in and around the reef.”— Science and Children


Here Is the Southwestern Desert

“Using a repetitive cumulative structure, this book excels in demonstrating the interconnectedness of the various species that inhabit the Sonoran Desert.” — Horn Book

Information on the Sonoran desert is presented in a cumulative fashion a la The House That Jack Built, e.g., “Here Is the lizard/who is spied by the hawk/that perches on the cactus/that is covered with spines. . . . ” The book is beautifully designed . . . saturated with dazzling desert light.— School Library Journal

Here Is the Southwestern Desert is a cheerful introduction to a desert theme, or to any ecological study.” — Teaching K-8


Here Is the Arctic Winter

Teachers_ChoiceNamed a “Teachers’ Choice” by the
International Reading Association

NSTA_AwardNamed an “Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children” by the National Science Teacher’s Association and Children’s Book Council

“In blue, black, and white illustrations, attributes of the Arctic winter unfold. Double-page spreads contain brief text describing an array of animals; lyrical and cumulative, the story is good for reading aloud.” The Horn Book

“Snowy owl and caribou, narwhal and polar bear, surviving in the ice at the end of the world. The hypnotic text and paintings by the renowned wildlife artist mark the collaborators’ stunning debut.” Smithsonian


Here Is the Wetland

NSTA_AwardNamed an “Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12” by the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) and Children’s Book Council

Here Is the Wetland by Madeleine Dunphy makes this world appealing for younger readers and listeners. . . . Children love this type of repeating book so that will make this a nifty and popular introduction to an important ecosystem. The pictures are beautiful and the frog on the cover should make this a book readers will want to pick up.” Library Talk

“The rhythmic cumulative text of this book introduces readers to the interdependence of plants and animals in a wetland habitat. Uncluttered watercolors convey a sense of balance and harmony. . . .”— Horn Book


Here Is Antartica

NAUTILUS SILVER - BESTAwarded Nautilus Book Medal
for for best children’s picture book. 

“A rhythmic, cumulative text and detailed acrylic paintings emphasizing the pinks, blues and grays of the icy sea and sky introduce the relationships among animals in the Antarctic ecosystem. [T]he familiar, House-that-Jack-Built pattern will appeal to young listeners, and the repetition is a boon for early readers. Teachers will welcome this appealing introduction….” —Kirkus Reviews

“This is a great book. The paintings are beautiful, realistic, and full of detail. The final two pages identify the illustrated species and give more detailed information on Antarctica, including how icebergs are formed and threats to the continent. My three-year old daughter and I both love this book.” — Science Books & Films


The Peregrine’s Journey: A Story of Migration

“This well-illustrated, well-written book provides a wealth of information about peregrine falcons, bird migration, and predator-prey relationships. It would be an excellent addition to a school library or to a child’s personal library. I recommend The Peregrine’s Journey highly.”— Editor’s Choice, Science Books & Films

“Madeleine Dunphy treats both her reader and the peregrine with dignity and respect. The pictures are starkly realistic, but Kest also catches a subtle, appealing cockiness in the peregrine’s poise.”— School Library Journal

“Madeleine Dunphy’s Peregrine’s Journey presents a young peregrine falcon’s year migration beginning in Northern Alaska and ending in Argentina. It reads like fiction but is filled with facts.” Childwatch


At Home with the Gopher Tortoise: The Story of a Keystone Species

NSTA_AwardNamed an “Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12”
by the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) and Children’s Book Council

Bronze_Moonbeam_LR Awarded the “Medal for Environmental Issues”
by Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.

NAUTILUS SILVER - BESTAwarded Nautilus Book Medal
for Children’s Nonfiction. 

“Educational without being didactic, this picture book is an engaging introduction to the concept of a keystone species—an animal on which many other species depend. Rothmans’s eye-catching, full-bleed acrylic paintings depict a wide variety of creatures utilizing the gopher tortoise’s burrow. Almost every spread features a beautifully illustrated example of yet another animal, bird, or insect—from skunks to owls to scorpions—that relies on the gopher tortoise’s burrow for shelter, nesting, and protection from predators. Dunphy’s clear text adds additional interesting details (“The loose soil created by the tortoise’s digging is perfect for growing plants”). With a map showing the tortoise’s range of habitat in the southeastern United States and an end not relating that the animal is a threatened species, this attractive book effectively demonstrates the interdependent nature of the animal world.” —Booklist Reviews

At Home With the Gopher Tortoise: The Story of a Keystone Species is an illustrated nature/conservation book for children featuring a unique “keystone” species. With 360 different species of animals dependent on it for survival, the gopher tortoise presents a fascinating study of ecological interdependency. Because the gopher tortoise digs burrows for its dens in parts of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and other Southeastern states of the US, many other species including skunks, birds, frogs, mice and snakes depend on the burrows for their own protection and survival of their young. Even burrowing owls use the gopher tortoise’s burrows to shelter their fledgling owlets. Other insects use the burrows and other birds eat the insects that thrive in the burrows, completing yet more circles of interdependency. Even a bobcat may use a large burrow to hide and cool itself, while birds such as bobwhites, rabbits and lizards also find refuge in the burrows. In the soil loosened by the gopher tortoise’s digging grow plants such as the scrub mint which provides a pleasant fragrance. In this way the life activities of the gopher tortoise provide protective, favorable habitat for a whole spectrum of living creatures who depend upon the continued survival of the gopher tortoise species for survival. At Home with the Gopher Tortoise: The Story of a Keystone Species shows how one humble species can be at the center of a vast web of creatures’ lives. The beautiful detailed illustrations show many of the different animals in their natural settings, enhancing appeal to an audience of children ages 5-9.”  —Midwest Book Reviews

 “This book gives a simple yet in-depth look at the importance of an unassuming and often overlooked animal.  Surprisingly, the gopher tortoise significantly affects more than 360 different kinds of animals that depend upon its burrows for shelter, food, or a place to raise young.  This is a fascinating look at how one species can affect the fate of many.” —Science & Children


Joshua S. Brunet

Illustrator of Cat in the Night.  
Joshua S. Brunet has been a freelance illustrator for more than 15 years and has worked for a variety of magazines and children’s book publishers. He lives with his wife and four children in Denver, Colorado, where he teaches in the illustration department at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. For more information about Josh and his art, visit his blog at jbrunetillustration.blogspot.com.

Anne Coe

Illustrator of Here Is the Southwestern Desert.
Anne Coe lives in the Sonoran Desert, where she need only look out her window to see scenes like those portrayed in Here Is the Southwestern Desert. Anne’s work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and has been exhibited in shows throughout the United States and Latin America. She teaches painting and drawing at Central Arizona College. For more information visit www.annecoe.com.

Madeleine Dunphy

Author of Cat in the NightThe Peregrine’s Journey: A Story of Migration, At Home with the Gopher Tortoise: The Story of a Keystone Species and all of the books in the Here Is the … series. 
Madeleine Dunphy is an educational consultant who teaches children about endangered environments. She has studied and visited many of the world’s ecosystems, and was inspired to write these books by our world’s great diversity of life. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband, Chris, and their daughter, Gwendolyn. For more information about Madeleine and her books, visit her website at www.mdunphy.com.

Kristin Kest

Illustrator of The Peregrine’s Journey: A Story of Migration.
Kristin Kest grew up in a large family of artists and scientists. Not surprisingly, she developed a love for nature through drawing and painting. To her mother’s amusement, she often returned from her daily bike rides with everything from pinecones and shells to bugs and dead birds. She has illustrated more than twenty children’s books having to do with natural science. She lives in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania with her life partner, Sandy, and their cats, Romeo, Oscar and Jack. Kristin has a BA from York College of Pennsylvania and is now working on her masters in fine art at MICA. For more information about Kristin and her books, visit http://www.kestillustration.com/.

Tom Leonard

Illustrator of Here Is the African Savanna, Here Is Antarctica and Here Is the Coral Reef.
Tom Leonard’s beautiful paintings have graced the pages of many children’s books including One Small Place by the Seaand One Small Place in a Tree by Barbara Brenner. His stunning artwork has been praised by Booklist as having “great visual flair,” and School Library Journal wrote that his colors “delight the eye.” He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Rose, and teaches at the University of the Arts. For more information visit www.tomleonard.com.

Wayne McLoughlin

Illustrator of Here Is the Wetland.
Since childhood, Wayne McLoughlin has had a love of the outdoors that has informed both his professional works and leisure-time activities. Wayne has illustrated a wide variety of children’s fiction and nonfiction including the bestselling Warrior series by Erin Hunter. He and his wife, Jackie, live in New Hampshire. For more information on Wayne and his books visit www.blueloonfinearts.com.

Alan James Robinson

Illustrator of Here Is the Arctic Winter.
Alan James Robinson started the Cheloniidae Letterpress in Easthampton, Massachusetts, with the aim of preserving the fine art of bookmaking. A fine artist specializing in wildlife imagery, Alan’s work appears in many rare and fine print collections around the world. For more information visit www.alanjamesrobinson.com.

Michael Rothman

Illustrator of Here Is the Tropical Rain Forest and At Home with the Gopher Tortoise: The Story of a Keystone Species.
Michael Rothman is a noted natural science illustrator whose work has appeared in the science section of the New York Times, among other publications. He has illustrated many children’s books including, Inside the Amazing Amazon by Don Lessem, Jaguar in the Rain Forest by Joanne Ryder, and The Mystery of Mars by Sally Ride & Tam O’Shaughnessy.  Michael has participated in numerous research expeditions to Brazil and French Guiana with scientists from the New York Botanical Garden. He lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut, with his wife, Dorothy, and their daughter, Nyanza. For more information visit www.michaelrothman.com.

Curriculum – Web of Life Activities

Lesson plans designed to accompany Here Is Antarctica and Here Is the Coral Reef

coral_reef_activityCoral Reef Web of Life Activity

A lesson plan designed to accompany Here Is the Coral Reef

Through this activity, children will enact the coral reef ecosystem by passing a ball of yarn to and from each other to represent the different relationships between the animals and elements represented in Here Is the Coral Reef. The “web of life” created by the children will end up looking like the web on the front cover of this curriculum.

antarcticia_activityAntarctica Web of Life Activity

A lesson plan designed to accompany Here Is Antarctica

Through this activity, children will enact the Antarctic ecosystem by passing a ball of yarn to and from each other to represent the different relationships between the animals and elements represented in Here Is Antarctica. The “web of life” created by the children will end up looking like the web on the front cover of this curriculum.

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