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This Is the Nest That Robin Built
Contributor(s): Fleming, Denise
ISBN: 1481430831     ISBN-13: 9781481430838
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: March 2018
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Annotation: A cumulative rhyme about the animals who help Robin build her nest.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Stories in rhyme.
Robins; Fiction.
Animals; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Birds
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017014977
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 7.50" W x 0.50" (0.80 lbs)
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
A robin--with help from friends--builds a nest, shown through vibrant, detailed collage art that mirrors the bird's methods and described in jaunty cumulative verse that pays homage to "The House That Jack Built." A dog supplies string, horse provides straw, pig mixes mud, etc.; then the robin constructs a perfect nest to house three eggs, which hatch. It's a lively story to share individually or with groups. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #2)
A celebration of bits and pieces, of ?process, and of creation, this picture book describes how a robin builds a nest, shown through collage art that mirrors the bird's methods and cumulative verse that pays homage to "The House That Jack Built." "This is the squirrel who trimmed the twigs, not too big, that anchor the nest that Robin built." The dog supplies string, the horse provides straw, the pig mixes mud, the mouse gathers weeds and seeds, the rabbit picks grass; from this sequence (i.e., "with a little help from her friends"), the robin constructs a perfect nest to house three eggs, which hatch into three nestlings. On the next spread a gatefold opens to carry readers back through ?the litany of steps the robin took to build her nest. The story closes as the baby birds, deftly rendered with cut paper and fluff, bravely leave the nest: "…now young fledglings, rumpled and ruffled, and ready to fly / Good- / bye!" Fleming's introduction to nest-building and the life cycle of a robin takes a gratifyingly holistic view of the process. The jaunty rhythm of the text and the large, vibrant illustrations full of detail, along with a supporting minor cast of insects and other creatures, make for a lively story to share individually or with groups. julie roach Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 January #4)

Like a fresh spring breeze, Fleming's cumulative tale celebrates a favorite symbol of the season, a robin's nest. Beginning with a squirrel "who trimmed the twigs, not too big,/ that anchor the nest that Robin built," Fleming (5 Little Ducks) introduces several animals that provide the materials the bird needs to craft the resting spot for her "eggs, brittle and blue." The verse is saturated with alliteration and internal rhymes ("This is the mouse/ who gathered the weeds, dotted with seeds,/ that bind the mud, soft not soupy,/ that plasters the straw, rough and tough..."), and the collage illustrations gain bold, mottled textures from the varied printmaking techniques Fleming used to treat the paper before assembling them. When the nestlings, "tufted and pink," finally arrive, a foldout spread reveals all of the work that went into the nest; small vignettes show Robin combining twigs, string, straw, mud, and more to put it together. Fleming's nature scenes pulse with electric shades of green, highlighting the hive of activity that precedes the arrival of a newborn (or three). Ages 2–8. (Mar.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 January)

PreS-Gr 2—A robin's nest is fabricated with a little help from a squirrel and other familiar animals. Each creature contributes a key ingredient to make a sturdy abode for the bird in which to lay her eggs. When the eggs hatch they quickly grow into nestlings, "tuffed and pink," rapidly turning into fledglings ready to spread their wings. The proud mama watches as her young ones fly for the first time. Richly hued illustrations are mixed media done using a printing technique and collage. They are expressive, textured, and show various perspectives. Vertically oriented pages support the illustrations, calling to mind the height of a tree, and are accompanied by a cumulative, alliterative, and rhyming text done in the familiar cadence of "The House That Jack Built." VERDICT A handsome choice to welcome spring and new life that will read aloud well with a group or in an intimate setting.—Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.