You Nest Here With Me

YOLEN, Jane & . illus. by Melissa Sweet. 40p. Boyds Mills. Mar. 2015. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781590789230.
PreS-K—As she puts her daughter to bed, a mother shares a soothing rhyme about birds that nest in places far and near. Each rhymed triplet is followed by the repeated assurance: "But you nest here with me." Sweet's watercolor and gouache landscapes reveal adult birds watching over nestlings. Coots hide in cozy cattail reeds; terns wheel above cliffs; plovers explore sandy shores. Each vista includes many details for viewers to ponder. Older listeners (or adult readers) can find additional information about the featured birds in two pages of authors' notes, which encourage prospective bird watchers. However, the book probably will be read most often as a comforting prelude to sleep.
VERDICT A worthwhile purchase for collections that need new selections for bedtime sharing.

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