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The nest that wren built, Randi Sonenshine ; illustrated by Anne Hunter

Label
The nest that wren built
Title
The nest that wren built
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Randi Sonenshine ; illustrated by Anne Hunter
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Language
eng
Summary
"In the rhyming style of "The House That Jack Built," this poem about the care and specificity that Carolina wrens put into building a nest is at once tender and true to life. Papa and Mama Wren gather treasures of the forest, from soft moss for a lining to snakeskin for warding off predators. Randi Sonenshine's lilting stanzas, woven with accurate and unexpected details about Carolina wrens, and Anne Hunter's gentle, inviting illustrations reveal the mysterious lives of these birds and impart an appreciation for the wonder of the life cycles around us. Back matter includes a glossary and additional interesting facts about wrens. Nature lovers and poetry fans alike will be drawn to this lyrical picture book depicting how Carolina wrens build a nest for their young."--
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Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 2 Two wrens build a nest using items such as twigs, pine needles, feathers, spider egg sacs, and a snakeskin. Soon the birds are minding their eggs in the nest. Next, they’re feeding their young and, finally, encouraging their fledglings to “fly from the nest that Wren built.” Fascinating appended notes clarify that snakeskins are often draped over their nests to scare predators, while the spider eggs are probably included so that the spiderlings will eat harmful mites. In structure, cadence, and readability, the graceful text is reminiscent of “The House That Jack Built” but without the nursery rhyme’s cumulative element, which often becomes a bit unwieldy in a 32-page picture book. In contrast, here each verse includes three lines. The first two create a rhymed couplet, while the third ends with “the nest that Wren built.” Hunter contributes a series of handsome ink-and-colored-pencil illustrations on cream-toned backgrounds. Warmed with muted colors, the precise, crosshatched drawings use natural forms and curving lines to create scenes with hidden details for children to discover. A beautiful picture book. -- Carolyn Phelan (Reviewed 1/24/2020) (Booklist, vol 116, number 10)
  • PreS-Gr 1—Crafted with care from materials found nearby, Mama and Papa Wren's nest is a cozy, safe place for their babies to thrive. Beginning with twigs and bark, the frame for the Wrens' nest nestles into the cradle of several tree branches. Bit by bit, more is added to the nest: leaves and pine needles for structure, a spider sac and snakeskin for protection. The baby birds hatch and grow in the nest, finally spreading their wings and learning to fly. Using the structure of "The House that Jack Built," this version features a lovely, singsong rhythm and structure that is ideally suited for young children. Within the short lines of text and the artfully crafted phrases, Sonenshine delivers a wealth of information about how wrens construct their nests and work together to raise their young. The accompanying illustrations incorporate a limited color palette that speaks to the earthy tones of the wren's natural environment. VERDICT This is an excellent informational picture book to read to kindergarten or first grade classes as a delightful, accessible introduction to the nest-building behavior of birds.—Mary Lanni, formerly at Denver Public Library --Mary Lanni (Reviewed 02/01/2020) (School Library Journal, vol 66, issue 2, p58)
  • /* Starred Review */ A familiar cumulative rhyme pattern here describes the activities of a pair of wrens from nest construction through incubation and hatching of eggs to the fledging of their offspring. Nesting birds are a popular picture-book subject, but this appreciative account stands out both for its descriptive language and its evocative illustrations. Those reading aloud will appreciate the regular rhythm, intriguing vocabulary, and deft turns of phrase. Not only does Sonenshine smoothly introduce specific words for the growing chicks ("hatchlings," "nestlings," "fledglings," all clear in context and additionally defined in a glossary at the end), she also uses engaging adjectives: "reptilian charm," "persnickety burr," "mirthful song." There is interesting and appropriate imagery as well: "twigs...cradle the nest," which will be lined with "moss, softer than suede." Hunter uses ink and colored pencils on various shades of colored paper to illustrate the process. From vignettes to double-page spreads, these scenes focus on the wrens but also include other animals for observant readers to find; a final spread shows a mouse climbing into the now-empty nest. Following the pattern of the nursery rhyme, the author uses Wren as a proper noun in the repeated phrase "the nest that Wren built," but in a final page of appended facts she makes clear that both the male and the female are involved in the various steps of the nest-building process. All in all, a delightfully readable and informative wrendition. (Informational picture book. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2019)
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10849692
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YDX
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Sonenshine, Randi
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 4-8 years
  • Preschool-Grade 3
LC call number
PZ7.1.S664
LC item number
Nes 2020
Literary form
fiction
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  • -1
  • 1
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Hunter, Anne
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True
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  • Wrens
  • Birds
  • Nest building
  • Animals
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The nest that wren built, Randi Sonenshine ; illustrated by Anne Hunter
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes glossary and wren facts
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1109433817
Dimensions
28 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781536201536
Lccn
on1109433817
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1109433817
Label
The nest that wren built, Randi Sonenshine ; illustrated by Anne Hunter
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes glossary and wren facts
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1109433817
Dimensions
28 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781536201536
Lccn
on1109433817
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1109433817

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