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Bird Builds a Nest: A First Science Storybook
Contributor(s): Jenkins, Martin, Jones, Richard (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763693464     ISBN-13: 9780763693466
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: January 2018
Annotation: A gentle introduction to physical forces depicts a hardworking Bird who pulls a tasty worm out of the ground, lifts just-right twigs and pushes them into place to build a nest, dropping and adjusting her materials along the way in accordance with elementary scientific principles. By the author of Can We Save the Tiger?
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Force and energy; Juvenile literature.
Birds; Nests; Juvenile literature.
Nest building; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Physics
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Birds
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Concepts
Dewey: 531/.6
LCCN: 2018933643
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: First Science Storybook
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 11.00" H x 9.00" W x 0.25" (0.85 lbs) 26 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Martin Jenkins has written many celebrated books for children, including The Emperor’s Egg, illustrated by Jane Chapman, and Can We Save the Tiger?, illustrated by Vicky White. Martin Jenkins lives in England, where he also works as a conservation biologist.

Richard Jones is an illustrator with more than fifteen years’ experience in the creative arts. He lives in England.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
Jenkins deftly weaves natural and physical science into this tale concerning birds' life cycles; inside that narrative he unobtrusively introduces the concept of force with examples of pulling and pushing, heavy and light, and gravity. In their stylized beauty, Jones's striking, collage-like mixed-media illustrations depict the most basic elements of the natural world and highlight the text's focus on science. Ind. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #1)
Striking mixed-media illustrations, collage-like and muted with earth tones, depict a burnt-orange sun rising in the east and a bird perched on a tree branch, perfectly representing the opening sentence of this nature narrative: "It's a beautiful day!" Here viewers see Bird at work, first procuring a worm as she pulls and pulls, and then building a nest: she lifts twigs (though some are too heavy); undeterred, she finds smaller twigs and pushes and pulls all her materials until they are in place and the nest is a "snug little cup." Jenkins deftly weaves natural and physical science into this tale. The overarching narrative here concerns birds' life cycle, as the nest eventually holds five "speckled and beautiful" eggs that, by the book's closing spread and endpapers, have hatched. Inside that narrative Jenkins unobtrusively introduces the concept of force with examples of pulling and pushing; heavy and light; and gravity. Jones's illustrations mirror the text, allowing the youngest readers to create a story without the words but also giving them the pleasure of reading on their own after perhaps just one read-aloud. These illustrations, in their stylized beauty, depict the most basic elements of the natural world and highlight the text's focus on science. The entire reading experience indeed heralds a "beautiful day." Appended with a note ("Thinking About Pushing and Pulling") and an index. betty carter Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 January #4)

In this kickoff to the First Science Storybook series, author and biologist Jenkins follows a bird as it builds its nest, but his real goal is to explore the concepts of force and gravity (which are discussed in an introductory note to parents). Drab shades of rust, brown, and pale blue-green lend a sense of calm to Jones's flattened and slightly abstracted mixed-media images. The bird constructs its nest by pushing and pulling twigs together, then fills it with "softer things" such as feathers and grass: "Can you guess what it's waiting for? Eggs!" Closing questions invite readers to revisit the book with the concepts of pushing and pulling in mind: "Can you find some places in the book where Bird pushes something?" It's a neat way for readers to see science fundamentals at work in nature. Ages 4–6. (Feb.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 December)

PreS-Gr 1—This simple book about a bird's nest-building activities is accessible as both a story and a book about science. The title introduces a number of concepts, including gravity, heavy versus light, and pushing and pulling. After being foiled in a tug-of-war by a large, strong worm and settling for a more manageable one, Bird begins building her nest. Youngsters learn how the bird constructs a secure home for her future offspring by gathering, weaving, and smoothing the nest's walls. Large, clear mixed media illustrations reveal a variety of perspectives and will engage listeners. A brief "Thinking about Pushing and Pulling" section explains the forces seamlessly included in the text and an index is appended. VERDICT This new series launch serves as a gentle introduction to scientific principles for the very young. A solid read-aloud for young nature lovers.—Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek Public Library WI

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.