|Birds make nests|
Author: Garland, Michael
Birds make many kinds of nests in many kinds of places--to keep their eggs safe and to keep chicks safe. Celebrates animals that are both beautiful and resourceful.
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Kirkus Reviews (01/15/17)
School Library Journal (03/01/17)
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School Library Journal - 03/01/2017 K-Gr 2—From backyard treetops to the African savanna, and whether adorned with a discarded snakeskin or tucked into a discarded shoe, nests keep eggs and chicks safe. Colorful, earthy woodcuts illustrate the homes where birds raise their families. One spread displays a multitude of birds in different nests, including a house sparrow in a traffic light and white storks atop a utility pole. Bright pink American flamingos flame across another spread, tending eggs in their mudflat habitat. Children watch robins outside a window feed their chicks. Young wood ducks ready to fly jump down from their tree nest and follow their mother to the water. The colorful illustrations and lyrical, spare language highlight not only the variety of avian habitats in the world but also the life cycle of birds. VERDICT Equally at home on picture book and nonfiction shelves, this is a lovely and informative selection on different bird species and their nests.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/01/2017 Striking jacket art will draw viewers to this simply written book introducing various birds and their nests. A typical entry features a large illustration showing a nest, watchful adult birds, and sometimes eggs or chicks. The birds’ common names appear on small labels within the pictures. Presenting a specific topic to a young audience, the short statements often only comment on the location or shape of the nests shown. Near the book’s end, the text explains why birds make nests: to keep the eggs and chicks safe. The artwork, “created with woodcut and digital tools,” shows up well from a distance, making this a good choice for reading aloud to groups. Occasionally the illustrations raise questions that go unanswered in the text, particularly the images of nontraditional nests, such as those made by flamingos, ostriches, and social weavers. But the book’s strength is that its images captivate viewers, engaging them enough to make them wonder and follow up on those questions. A handsome addition to wildlife collections serving young children. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.