Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest: Where Birds Beginby Irene Kelly
How does a bird make its nest? Very carefully! Many birds build intricate nests out of twigs, leaves, feathers, mud--even dollar bills and clothespins. some nests are gigantic, housing hundreds of birds or weighing as much as a car, while others are just large enough to keep one egg safe and warm.
From emperor penguins that protect their eggs with their belly fat to the elaborate bowerbirds that spend months creating a mating spot, this intriguing book describes and illustrates how creative and exacting birds can be when building an abode. Divided into sections based on the type of nest, each example includes a brief description of the bird's method of construction and the materials used. What's most fascinating is the amazing diversity represented, including some very clever birds that literally sew, steal, or decorate their nests, as well as those whose structures are big enough to hold a human. Done in watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and ink, the illustrations are simple and appealing. Close-up and interior views offer more detail, although only the text provides a true sense of scale (bald eagle nests "are GIGANTIC, up to ten feet wide and weighing two tons. That's as heavy as a car!"). Packed with visual appeal and interesting information, this book is well worth sharing.-Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
Meet the Author
Irene Kelly has always been drawn to dogs and impressed by their intelligence and distinct personalities. A graduate of New York University, she is an author, illustrator and fine artist. Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest, her most recent title, was praised by School Library Journal. It's a Butterly's Life and It's a Hummingbird's Life are hers also. She is fascinated by travel, exotic places, and history. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband and two children.
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