Carpenter’s Helper – by Sybil Rosen, illustrated by Camille Garoche

 Carpenter’s Helper – by Sybil Rosen, illustrated by Camille Garoche, Schwartz & Wade Books, 9780593123201, 2021

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Picture book

 What did you like about the book? This was a cute story starting off with a bathroom renovation, leading into a story about a bird family that moves in. The little girl watches her father’s construction work and gets some left over supplies since she’s the carpenter’s helper. A bird couple flys in through an opening in the wall one night and makes a nest. The carpenter decides to wait to finish the renovation so that he doesn’t disturb the birds. The birds lay eggs, which later hatch, and after a first failed flight attempt the carpenter’s helper uses a board as a quick ramp to help them get the height they need to fly off. A cute story of bird observations with great illustrations. I liked that the girl didn’t touch the nest, eggs, or baby birds, even when they needed help, so as not to scare them.

Anything you did not like about the book? The title doesn’t feel appropriate. My kids liked the book still, but we thought it would be about building things, it was a little, but mostly it was about the girl watching the birds. Still good, but not what we had hoped for. I also found it quite unrealistic that a carpenter would delay work for weeks on a job, even on his own home (though it was cute in that regard).

 To whom would you recommend this book? children 2-8, especially bird or nature lovers.

Who should buy this book? anyone looking to foster a love of nature, or patience.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not really

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Vicky Deneault, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA

Date of review4/2/2021

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