|Mama built a little nest|
Author: Ward, Jennifer
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce different kinds of birds' nests, from the scrapes falcons build on high, craggy ledges to the underground nests burrowing owls dig. Includes brief facts about each kind of bird.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.30
Points: .5 Quiz: 170612
Kirkus Reviews (01/15/14)
School Library Journal (02/01/14)
Booklist (+) (02/01/14)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (03/14)
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Booklist - 02/01/2014 *Starred Review* Pairing elaborate cut-paper collage with rhyming couplets, Ward and Jenkins show the beautiful variety of bird nests found around the world. Each jaunty, lilting four-line poem describes a type of nest, such as the tiny spiderweb cup constructed by a hummingbird (“Mama built a little nest, / a cup so wee and snug, / with wall of moss and roof of sky / and silky, cobweb rug”) or a hole dug by a burrowing owl (“Mama build a little nest / by digging out a burrow. / It was a hoot, our little home, / a safe and feathery furrow”). Jenkins’ gorgeous, remarkably realistic illustrations fill each spread and show the birds and nests in lively, species-specific detail, from the fuzzy fledgling falcon on a craggy ledge to a pair of emperor penguins on an icy expanse, keeping their egg warm on the father’s feet. In addition to the intricate pictures and catchy rhymes, each two-page spread includes a brief description of the type of bird depicted, the materials used in making the nest, and how they are built. Young bird-lovers will adore this cozy, illuminating look into avian habitats. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 02/01/2014 PreS-Gr 3—A practically perfect science picture book. Ward features a different kind of bird's nest on each spread, with a four-line rhyming verse suitable for reading aloud on the left-hand pages, and a few sentences offering more information, at a higher reading level, on the right. Jenkins's colorful cut-paper collages, set against white backgrounds that emphasize their attention to detail, illuminate each of the birds' creations. Readers will find nests ranging from the tree-hole cavities of woodpeckers to the scrape nests of falcons to the astonishing woven nests of weaverbirds, and even some that challenge readers' assumptions about what a nest is, such as the emperor penguin egg's "nest" on top of the father's feet. Equally excellent for classroom or storytime, this harmonious blend of text and illustrations executes a simple concept beautifully, in a manner that allows readers of various ages to approach the book in different ways.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 03/01/2014 This gallery of nest-building offers a look at fourteen different kinds of avian homes, each introduced with a rhyming quatrain, a brief prose description, and a full-spread illustration of the relevant nest and habitat. The nest-building possibilities are impressively varied, ranging from a hummingbird’s wee spiderweb-reinforced home through a grebe’s floating twig island nest to an eagle’s huge eyrie. Though occasionally the scansion of the poetry stumbles, most of the verses are neat and effective and some genuinely witty, and the overall point about the intricacy and diversity of birds’ nests is effectively made. Jenkins’ familiar cut-paper art is somewhat more painterly than usual at times, with soft striations in the cactus wren’s feathering and smoky dappling on the breast of the swiftlet, but his intricate geometry remains typically effective in its conveyance of details in the spiky cacti or the hummingbird’s knobbly little nest. A note glossing some of the terms and giving more information about the bird species would have been welcome; there is, however, a list of bird-related website resources. DS - Copyright 2014 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.