A Round of Robins

By: Katie Hesterman

Illustrator: Sergio Ruzzier

Sixteen fresh and funny poems welcome a new batch of robins to the world! Full-color illustrations done in pen and ink and watercolor.

ISBN: 9780399547782

JLG Release: May 2018


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Stories in rhyme , Robins , Birds , Nests

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Beginning with the first poem that proclaims (with some foreshadowing) “We’ll raise a brood, and when we’re done,/We just might hatch another one,” 16 poems give readers a glimpse of stages in a robin’s life, from mama robin laying four eggs to grown up birdies leaving the nest. Hesterman fi
[STARRED REVIEW]
Beginning with the first poem that proclaims (with some foreshadowing) “We’ll raise a brood, and when we’re done,/We just might hatch another one,” 16 poems give readers a glimpse of stages in a robin’s life, from mama robin laying four eggs to grown up birdies leaving the nest. Hesterman fills her jaunty rhyming verses with numerous puns and alliterations, while conjuring up sweet yet mostly factual vignettes of the birds’ journey to maturity. Ruzzier’s cartoon illustrations capture these scenes of avian domesticity with just the right mix of humor and warmth, hilariously expressive feathered protagonists (and their grumpy neighbors) inhabiting his slightly fantastical idiosyncratic flora, all colored in ethereal watercolor washes. VERDICT An utterly charming choice for most collections, perfect for one-on-one and small group sharing.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY

Horn Book

[STARRED REVIEW]
Sixteen poems follow a pair of robin parents as they raise not one but two sets of baby robins in this factual and funny volume. The story begins with “Defender Dad” telling three annoyed-looking birds on the ground to “Back away, / ’Cause Mom and I are here to stay!” It continues with ̶
[STARRED REVIEW]
Sixteen poems follow a pair of robin parents as they raise not one but two sets of baby robins in this factual and funny volume. The story begins with “Defender Dad” telling three annoyed-looking birds on the ground to “Back away, / ’Cause Mom and I are here to stay!” It continues with “Home Sweet Home”: “Mama is an architect; / With skill and patience, she’ll collect / Bits of twig, string, wool, and hair / To form a tiny, twiney lair.” Hesterman’s poems are brief and very easy to read, with little jokes but also using correct terminology, such as calling the group of four eggs in “EGGcessories” a clutch. Ruzzier’s pen-and-ink and watercolor pictures build on the signature orange of a robin’s breast, extending that color to tree limbs and hills; his robins feature correct bird anatomy but add ways of standing and angling their wings that are comically reminiscent of humans. Individual poems stand alone, but the book is also short and lively enough for a full read-through. Sharp-eyed kids at storytimes may notice that the eggs from the opening endpapers are hatching on the closing ones. susan dove lempke

Book Details

ISBN

9780399547782

First Release

May 2018

Genre

Poetry/Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.9; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD620L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Nancy Paulsen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Stories in rhyme, Robins, Birds, Nests,

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