the best nest

Summary:

Mother birds are sad. They have no place to lay their eggs and always seem to be searching for a safe spot. They admire Maggie Magpie's nest, and they ask her to teach them. Maggie agrees, but each time she tries to explain a step, a bird gets an idea and flies off to create their own. As her class gets smaller, Maggie gets angrier. Will all the birds build a nest?

Educational Themes:

The emphasis of the story is to describe how and where of birds and their nests. The story offers pictures and brief vignettes, and there is a lot more detail in the back. That said, you can also talk about folktales and storytelling as "early science" when people used stories to help them explain the world around them.

Reading Level:
4.1
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 6-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is an enjoyable read, but not one you're likely to come back to over and over. The content seems better suited to public and school libraries than a child's bookshelf.
Little Kid Reaction:

Our daughter liked looking at the birds. She loved finding the eggs and baby birds in the nests.

Parent Reaction:

This is a clever story. It will remind you of reading a fable or folktale (like a Native American story), but it is full of specific detail about how various species of birds build their nest.

Pros:

This picture book offers information about birds wrapped in a fictional tale. The illustrations are finely detailed, and there is a matching game at the end that offers additional information to expand the learning.

Cons:

The matching game at the back is a 2-page spread. Some kids may have a harder time seeing the two pages as one task and try to match the nests and bird descriptions for that page only.


Title The Best Nest
Author Doris L. Mueller
Publisher Arbordale Publishing © 2008
Illustrators Sherry Neidigh
ISBN 9781934359099
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Animal Characters, Picture Book, Nature
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