Birds Make Nests – written and illustrated by Michael Garland

        Birds Make Nests – written and illustrated by Michael Garland, Holiday House, (9780823436620), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Animals, Nature

What did you like about the book? This informational picture book features single and double page spreads that identify species of birds, often including a male, female and chicks, and showing what kind of nests they make. Text is minimal. For instance, for puffins, “Some birds make nests in burrows on grassy slopes.” The bird varieties range from the common (robin, cardinal, owl) to the more exotic (sociable weaver, flamingo, ostrich). Illustrations are handsome woodcuts, colored digitally.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to elementary science teachers and to emerging readers who like nature and wildlife. The short sentences and clear illustrations also make it a candidate for read-alouds.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  It’s your call; shelve either with picture books or with books about birds’ life cycles in 598.156.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  3/14/17

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