Mama Built a Little Nest
Mama Built a Little Nest

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Annotation: Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce different kinds of birds' dwellings, from falcons' scrapes on high ledges, to burrowing owls' underground nests. Includes brief facts about each kind of bird.
Genre: Biology
Catalog Number: #80401
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Illustrator: Jenkins, Steve,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-442-42116-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-80360-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-442-42116-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-80360-2
Dewey: 598.156
LCCN: 2013003343
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
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.
Publishers Weekly
Jenkins's (Animals Upside Down) signature paper collages handsomely illustrate this inviting read about bird nest variety. Ward (What Will Hatch?) showcases 14 nest types, from simple scrape nests to intricately woven ones, with rhythmic verses that begin the same way: "Mama built a little nest," although there's some variation on that theme ("Daddy built a little nest"). Realistic vignettes of birds and their nests are set against a white backdrop; spots of vibrant color accent the muted hues of the mostly female nest builders. In one scene, deep ruddy shades adorn a female grebe's majestic profile as she swims near her nest: "Mama built a little nest./ She gathered twigs that float/ and placed them on the water/ to create a cozy boat." Captions alongside the illustrations offer additional information about nesting materials and habits. Families using this as a bedtime book will appreciate the snug ending: "You have a nest-your very own!/ A place to rest your head/ with pillows soft and cozy thoughts-/ your nest is called a bed!" Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Stefanie Von Borstel, Full Circle Literary. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3&12; 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.&12; Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*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.
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Starred Review ALA Booklist (2/1/14)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Horn Book (8/1/14)
Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal (2/1/14)
Word Count: 805
Reading Level: 4.3
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.3 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 170612 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD860L

A delightful exploration of the incredibly variety of nests birds build for their babies, illustrated by a Caldecott Honoree.

Mama built a little nest
inside a sturdy trunk.
She used her beak to tap-tap-tap
the perfect place to bunk.

There are so many different kinds of birds—and those birds build so many different kinds of nests to keep their babies cozy. With playful, bouncy rhyme, Jennifer Ward explores nests large and small, silky and cottony, muddy and twiggy—and all the birds that call them home!


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