BN.com Gift Guide

Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest: Where Birds Begin

Overview

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 ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (13) from $1.99   
  • New (8) from $3.79   
  • Used (5) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

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.

Read More Show Less

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)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823421022
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 727,897
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Irene Kelly's previous books, It's a Butterfly's Life and It's a Hummingbird's Life, were named to the John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers. It's a Hummingbird's Life, a Bank Street Best Book of the Year and a Society of School Librarians International Honor Book, received a starred review from School Library Journal, which raved that it would "fly off the shelves." Irene Kelly lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with her husband and two children.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)