Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest: Where Birds Begin

Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest: Where Birds Begin

by Irene Kelly
     
 

Bird lovers of all ages will feel right at home with Irene Kelly's latest nature title.

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

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Bird lovers of all ages will feel right at home with Irene Kelly's latest nature title.

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. Whether simple or fancy, every species finds a unique way and clever place to raise its young.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathy Leggett
Where do birds begin? Most start their lives in nests of all sizes and shapes in every corner of the world. Acknowledging that some birds do not make nests at all, this nonfiction book offers an intriguing look at the unique types of nests many do build. Some live in colonies and make nests from mud. Some even steal nests made by other birds. This book focuses on the nests of forty specific bird species across seven continents. The reader is shown a full world map to find each ones location. Young bird watchers can get actively involved in helping birds by following the directions on how to supply the birds in their own yard with nest building materials. Each species in the book was carefully drawn and checked for accuracy by an ornithologist at the American Museum of Natural History. A perfect book choice for a classroom nature center or bird fans of any age. Look for other nature books for young readers by Irene Kelly. Reviewer: Kathy Leggett
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

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

Kirkus Reviews
From the North American bald eagle to the Australian brush-turkey, the nesting habits of 40 different birds are briefly explored. Kelly's conversational style conveys the breadth of these often-unusual habitats, noting the nests' various materials and the methods used to support baby birds. Engaging facts support the broad subject matter: The sociable weaver, for instance, may live with more than 200 others in a nest that can last as long as 100 years. The industrious layout of this eclectic collection encourages browsing. A wavy typeface (endearingly called "Lizard") and solid lines integrated within these busy double-page spreads serve to organize the layout. Mixed-media illustrations convey the diversity among these feathered flocks; watercolors, gouache, acrylics and pen-and-ink utilize texture and soft colors to capture their subjects. A map highlights each bird's locale, and a concluding activity encourages young scientists to observe and assist birds in their natural environments. Though the addition of source notes and an index would aid the budding researcher, this offering will intrigue many young ornithologists. (Informational picture book. 5-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823421022
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
01/15/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
748,581
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD930L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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