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Birds build nests from morning till night.

First the wonders of spiders, then butterflies—now birds! Yvonne Winer continues to deliver strong science content in lyrical verse. Tony Oliver's dazzling and detailed paintings complete the introduction to the world of birds and their different nests. Back matter includes detailed information on featured nests as well as a resource guide for further exploring in the library and online.

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Birds build nests from morning till night.

First the wonders of spiders, then butterflies—now birds! Yvonne Winer continues to deliver strong science content in lyrical verse. Tony Oliver's dazzling and detailed paintings complete the introduction to the world of birds and their different nests. Back matter includes detailed information on featured nests as well as a resource guide for further exploring in the library and online.

Author Biography: Yvonne Winer has written more than twenty children's books, including Spiders Spin Webs and Butterflies Fly. She lives in Queensland, Australia.

Describes how, where, why, and when birds around the world build nests.

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This concept book and field guide explores the many kinds of birds' nests found around the world. In rhyming couplets, birds are shown in ocean rookeries, on rooftops, in mud nests, and high on craggy peaks but are not identified, which reinforces the idea that nests are marvelous and diverse. For those who ask "But what kind of bird is it?" the author identifies the fifteen birds in an afterword, telling where they are found, what they use for nest building, and about how big the nest is. North American birds include the ruby-throated hummingbird, great cormorant, red-winged blackbird, peregrine falcon and snowy owl. Oliver's finely detailed paintings of the birds in their habitats are worthy of study and beautiful works of art in themselves. Like the author/illustrator's other books in the series, Spiders Spin Webs and Butterflies Fly, this book is a striking presentation. A list of related references and websites is included. 2002, Charlesbridge,
— Susan Hepler
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K-Gr 3-Full-page, exquisitely detailed, realistic watercolors in richly tinted hues, each showing a particular species of bird in its natural habitat, are the real highlight of this very simple, poetically written introductory piece. Each five-line verse appears on a white page below a painting of an egg-filled nest. On the opposite page is an in situ illustration to which it relates. For example, "Birds build nests, Eggs deep inside, Secret spaces Where fledgelings hide. That's how birds build their nests" appears below a picture of a nest holding four blue eggs that is woven of various grasses and bound to thick plant stems. On the illustration opposite the text, a red-winged blackbird stands above its nest, which is hidden among tall grasses, a newly hatched open-mouthed baby in the nest, and a fluffy brown-and-white striped youngster perched on the edge of it. Of the 15 species shown, 7 are native to Australia (the author's home), 4 to Asia and Africa, and just 2 to the U.S. Two species can be found worldwide. A nest identification guide on the final two pages gives the species name in English and Latin, a description of the nest and its location, and a small reproduction of a nest with eggs as it appears within the book. Adults and children who love nature will be attracted to the illustrations (including the lovely cover) and intrigued by the variety of constructions and locations found within.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Oliver (Possum in the House, 1989) presents page-filling, finely detailed close-ups of 15 nests and their avian builders, from ruby-throated hummingbird to snowy owl, all in natural (or in the case of the white stork's chimney-topper, unnatural) settings, each with a short rhymed caption from Winer (Butterflies Fly, 2001, etc.). The verse is sometimes more about sound than sense-"Birds build nests, / Eggs deep inside, / Secret spaces / Where fledgelings [sic] hide. / That's how birds build their nests"-but the author goes on in a final spread to identify the birds and describe their behavior in a bit more detail. There's a definite Down Under slant to this import, but at least one bird can be found on every continent (save Antarctica), and young birders ready for more will find healthy lists of print and online resources at the end. An eye-opening, as well as eye-filling, companion for Barbara Bash's Urban Roosts (1990). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570915000
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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    Posted August 2, 2002

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    This beautiful ode to the simple elegance of nest-building is well-conceived, thoroughly researched, expertly executed and artistically rendered. It's a first-class effort all around, and a true pleasure to read for Pre-K through adults.

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