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#blogbookaday: Bird Builds a Nest

14 Apr

Bird Builds a NestSummary:  “It’s time for Bird to build her nest! Follow her as she pulls a worm out of the ground, lifts some twigs that are just the right size, and pushes the twigs into place. Uh-oh! One of the twigs falls to the ground! But after a day of hard work, Bird’s nest is ready and waiting. Can you guess what it’s waiting for? Using simple, clear language and beautiful illustrations, this engaging story is the perfect introduction to physical forces for very young readers. A final spread with some simple questions promotes discussion with parents, teachers, or caregivers and encourages readers to think about the concepts introduced.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: With words like “A First Science Storybook” on the cover, I was hesitant to see what this book was all about. I’m always looking for picture books that teach kids without them really knowing that they’re learning. I want young kids to enjoy learning and exploring and not feel as though they are being lectured or grilled about a specific concept or idea. This book does a great job for really young kids explaining how a bird builds a nest. What they look for, how heavy something is, the steps involved from start to finish. And what’s great is that if you want to ask your child some questions about the story and how it relates to science, they have simple questions printed that allows you to do that at a developmentally-appropriate level.

Personal Reaction: I loved the color palette of this book – with the leaves of the trees in shades of yellows, oranges, and greens. I would have loved to see more bright colors for spring, but this color palette works really well together and I think works well for the story. Who would have thought that learning about force would be as much as learning about birds’ nests.

Title: Bird Builds a Nest
Author: Martin Jenkins
Illustrator: Richard Jones
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: January 17, 2018

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


#blogbookaday: My Busy Green Garden

23 Mar

30341609.jpgSummary:  “So begins this lyrical tribute to the bugs, bees, and birds that make the garden such a busy place. With each turned page, more visitors appear, and all the while the “surprise”—a chrysalis—changes unnoticed until, on the last page, a butterfly emerges and flies away across the garden’s well-tended borders. Back-of-book notes about the natural histories of the garden’s denizens complete this lovely and lively portrait of backyard nature, which is also a gentle meditation on the rewards of paying attention. A chipmunk hides on every page to divert and engage young readers.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: In the style of the story The House That Jack Built comes a story of the animals one might find in their own busy garden. This is a perfect introduction to insects and small animals in a garden setting and is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. The intricate illustrations show details of each of these animals, that would make them easy to spot in your own garden!

Personal Reaction: I grew up helping my mom with the flower gardens around our house and with both my parents in the vegetable garden out back and as we gardened, my parents did a great job of teaching us about the animals and why we plant marigolds next to our tomato plants (to keep away the aphids). This book would make a great introduction to young kids – especially with the back material that is provided giving the reader a little more information about each of the animals in the story. I always hope that anytime a picture book offers additional material, they would cite where the information came from, but that is often not the case, as in this book. Overall, this cute story of plants and animals will sure to delight young and old nature lovers alike!

Title: My Busy Green Garden
Author: Terry Pierce
Illustrator: Carol Schwartz
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
Publication Date: January 31, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

Picture Book Month: Birds

15 Nov

15.jpgI love this accessible non-fiction story about all the different types of bird nests there are! With just four, short lines of text for each type of nest this book is perfect for even the youngest readers. The book also provides a little more information about each nest that can be shared if readers want to know more. What I liked most is that you see the typical twig nest in a tree, but you also see a penguin nest, a flamingo nest, a duck nest, a shorebird nest and so many others! And with collage illustrations showing different colors and textures this is a fun book to share with the whole family! Continue reading

Picture Book Month Theme: Birds

18 Nov


You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Cindy Trumbore
  2. Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
  3. Egg: Nature’s Perfect Package by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
  4. Cockatoo, Too by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
  5. I’m Not Cute! by Jonathan Allen
  6. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  7. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  8. Look Up!: Bird-Watching In Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate
  9. Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray
  10. Little Green by Keith Baker

A Funny Little Bird

17 Jul

birdI found a Funny Little Bird to be full of fun, excitement, and even a good lesson on being a friend and a nice person (or bird!).  The little bird in the story is almost invisible and soon becomes upset because he has no friends.  But after an afternoon of collecting beautiful things around him, others began to notice him and he began to show off only to be scared by a fox.  The funny little bird learned to be a good friend to those around him and learned that showing off is not a very nice thing to do.

I loved reading this story because it’s somewhat unexpected with a white, little bird that has no outline on white pages, the only way you seem him is when there are other parts of his environment showing you his outline.  I plan on using this story in story time with a friend-focused theme, but a one-on-one sharing would also work really well to talk with preschoolers about what it means to be a good friend and a good person.

Jennifer Yerkes currently lives in France and the only website that I could find for her as an author/illustrator is her blog… in French, so sadly I couldn’t read to much, but maybe you can!  Check it out!

Title: A Funny Little Bird
Author/Illustrator: Jennifer Yerkes
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: 2013

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