No Dear, Not Here: The Marbled Murrelets' Quest for a Nest in the Pacific Northwest

No Dear, Not Here: The Marbled Murrelets' Quest for a Nest in the Pacific Northwest

by Jean Davies Okimoto, Celeste Henriquez

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Ralph and Alice are marbled murrelets in search of a nesting spot in the Pacific Northwest. Alice thinks the Space Needle in Seattle has a great view, but Ralph replies, "`...not here, dear.'" Ralph likes Lion's Gate Bridge in Vancouver, but Alice doesn't. They visit a hockey arena (home of the Vancouver Canucks), the Japanese Garden in Portland, and many other tourist attractions before finally deciding on an old-growth forest on Clayoquot Sound, which suits them both, so Alice can finally say: "`Yes,, dear.'" An author's note offers more information about these threatened seabirds, but on its own, the story amounts to little more than an illustrated list of tourist spots. The anthropomorphized birds have little personality, and the refrain is not amusing enough to carry the whole book. The brightly colored watercolors provide some mildly humorous scenes, and several offer a true bird's-eye view, but most are fairly lifeless. Philip Eastman's The Best Nest (Beginner, 1968) is a much funnier story about a search for a nest, while the Northwest landmarks will be of only limited interest even to recent visitors to the area.-Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR

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Sasquatch Books
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Product dimensions:
9.06(w) x 9.35(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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