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Carpenter's Helper



by
Sybil Rosen
illustrated by
Camille Garoche

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Schwartz & Wade
ISBN
9780593123218
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Kindergarten Plus

A warm, wonderful picture book that gently reminds us of the importance of respecting our natural world and highlights the joys and rewards of helping others.

Join a girl as she helps a mama and papa bird build a nest in her bathroom, hatch their eggs, and teach their babies to fly away.

Renata and her Papi are hard at work at renovating their bathroom. Renata can’t wait to build castles of bubbles in the deep, old-fashioned bathtub. But one morning, she finds dried leaves and pine needles heaped on a shelf in the corner. How did they get there? She soon realizes that a bird has built a nest on the shelf, and inside it are four rosy eggs! Weeks pass, and Renata watches as the wrens come and go, building a home in her bathroom…until, one day, with a little help from Renata, the birds are ready to fly.Full-color illustrations were rendered in pencil and colored digitally. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

AD570L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2021

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Wrens. Birds. Nests. Building. House renovations. Family life. Fathers and daughters. African American families. Black people.

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

It is spring, and Renata is helping Papi renovate the bathroom. They cut a hole in the wall where the new window will go, and one night Papi leaves the hole open. The next morning, Renata finds dried leaves and pine needles in a heap on the bathroom shelf; a wren flies in and continues building. Renata watches the papa wren make a nest. The mama wren arrives and lays her eggs, and Renata and Papi pause their construction project while the wren family grows. When the baby birds are finally ready to fly, they need a bit of help to make it to the window, and Renata uses her carpentry smarts to save the day. The story blends building and nature-watching in a unique and engaging way: the building project forms a relatable backdrop (Renata can’t wait to use the old-fashioned bathtub they’re installing) and parallel to the nature story, which takes center stage. The pencil illustrations use a variety of compositions, including full double- spread scenes and small vignettes, to carry readers through a detailed experience with the humans’ carpentry project (“Renata…holds a board while he nails it into place. This board will brace the wall when he cuts the hole for the window frame”), and then the wrens’ nest-building (“First he lays down a floor, a cozy cradle for eggs. Three thick sides go up next”). Renata is a protagonist whose wonder and curiosity shine throughout, and readers will gladly share in her unexpected encounters with these small visitors, who are, as Renata declares, carpenters, too. AUTUMN ALLEN

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

It is spring, and Renata is helping Papi renovate the bathroom. They cut a hole in the wall where the new window will go, and one night Papi leaves the hole open. The next morning, Renata finds dried leaves and pine needles in a heap on the bathroom shelf; a wren flies in and continues building. Renata watches the papa wren make a nest. The mama wren arrives and lays her eggs, and Renata and Papi pause their construction project while the wren family grows. When the baby birds are finally ready to fly, they need a bit of help to make it to the window, and Renata uses her carpentry smarts to save the day. The story blends building and nature-watching in a unique and engaging way: the building project forms a relatable backdrop (Renata can’t wait to use the old-fashioned bathtub they’re installing) and parallel to the nature story, which takes center stage. The pencil illustrations use a variety of compositions, including full double- spread scenes and small vignettes, to carry readers through a detailed experience with the humans’ carpentry project (“Renata…holds a board while he nails it into place. This board will brace the wall when he cuts the hole for the window frame”), and then the wrens’ nest-building (“First he lays down a floor, a cozy cradle for eggs. Three thick sides go up next”). Renata is a protagonist whose wonder and curiosity shine throughout, and readers will gladly share in her unexpected encounters with these small visitors, who are, as Renata declares, carpenters, too. AUTUMN ALLEN

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