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The Nest That Wren Built



by
Randi Sonenshine
illustrated by
Anne Hunter

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9781536201536
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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.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

9" x 10 1/2"

Dewey

E

AR

4.4: points 0.5

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2020

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

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

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School Library Journal

School Library Journal

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.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

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.

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