Mama Built a Little Nest

illus. by Steve Jenkins. 40p. websites. S & S/Beach Lane. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442421165; ebk. $17.99. ISBN 9781442449459. LC 2013003343.
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
Each spread of this informative book features rhyming verse and precise collage art to highlight differences in the types of nests that birds build, whether by use of varying materials (e.g., spiderwebs or stones) or by choice of location (in a tree hole or on a rocky cliff edge). Additional facts appear in a smaller font on each spread. Websites.

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