The Nest That Wren Built

Candlewick. Mar. 2020. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536201536.
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.

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