Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Spring Reading 2019 You Nest Here with Me


This charming board book combines the talents of two kid lit greats - Jane Yolen and Melissa Sweet. I could stop right there and many people who recognize those names would pick up a copy of the book the next time they were near a bookstore. But let me go into a little more detail.

Rhyming text shares a mother's reassuring bedtime mantra that her child will nest with her until she is "big as big can be." Various types of birds and their nesting habits are described, and shown in Sweet's wonderful illustrations. Whether they are pigeons on a ledge, grackles in a fir tree, or coots in cattail reeds, their surroundings are shown along with details of the nest and even glimpses of other wildlife in the area.

I imagine this will be purchased and given to young parents at many baby showers, as well as being presented to families of bird watchers who have youngsters or young grandchildren. But even those who are not ornithologists (amateur or professional), will appreciate the rhythm and repeated reassurance of home and security in the nest.

Highly recommended for anyone who has very young readers of their own, or works with children in the board book age group. It belongs on the shelf next to The Runaway Bunny or Goodnight, Moon. I read a copy provided by the publisher for review purposes.

See the great activity developed by the Tennessee Library for Accessible Books and Media using this title: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogcCupxjTMk&feature=youtu.be. (Thank you to Julie Dahlhouser for sharing the link with me.)

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