Bird Builds a Nest: A First Science Storybook – written by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Richard Jones

     Bird Builds a Nest: A First Science Storybook – written by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Richard Jones, Candlewick Press, 9780763693466, 2018

Format: Picture Book

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

Genre:  Picture Book (nonfiction)

What did you like about the book? Bird has a busy day ahead of her and readers follow along as she demonstrates not only the building of a nest, but the concepts of gravity and force.  The simple text and the soft, mixed media illustrations match well, conveying each page’s meaning effectively while giving the little bird facial expressions and character so little listeners become invested in her eventual success.  Children will love figuring out what all of bird’s construction materials are for and seeing the beautiful hatchlings by the story’s end.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  There is nothing that doesn’t work well.  Even sensitive listeners who might be affected by the demise of bird’s breakfast (a juicy worm) can focus on how this helps the bird care for her babies by giving her strength.  Each idea is presented well and is perfect for a science lesson for the youngest audiences.

To whom would you recommend this bookChildren ages 3-6 will appreciate the book and be able to learn from the science presented on each page.  Highly recommended for in-classroom use followed by an experiment with gravity or an extension activity regarding the lives of birds.

Who should buy this book? Childrens’ library collections (public and school)

Where would you shelve it ? Picture Book Collection

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not necessarily, but those looking for a science activity tie-in can turn to this book!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA

Date of review: February 19, 2018

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