The Nest That Wren Built

By: Randi Sonenshine

Illustrator: Anne Hunter

This is the bark, snippets of twine,
spidery rootlets, and needles of pine
that shape the nest that Wren built.


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.

Glossary. Wren facts. Full-color illustrations were done in ink and colored pencil on tinted paper.

ISBN: 9781536201536

JLG Release: Apr 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Birds , Carolina wrens , Nests , Animal behavior and characteristics , Life cycles , Stories in rhyme

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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 pro 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. 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.

Book Details

ISBN

9781536201536

First Release

April 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

9" x 10 1/2"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.4; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Birds, Carolina wrens, Nests, Animal behavior and characteristics, Life cycles, Stories in rhyme,

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Book Genres

Picture Book

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