RED'S NEST is a story about the unexpected choice to foster.
The storyline is brimming with compassion and woven together with humor.
Red and Olive are about to start a family of their own. While searching for twigs for their nest, Red unexpectedly finds three baby forest animals who are lost and afraid. Red decides to care for each animal in need. What will Olive say when she sees the new family members? And how will Red and Olive tackle the complexities of fostering, the biggest obstacle being how to fit the over-sized brood into their tiny nest?
"You might not look the part, but fostering is all about the heart." - Belinda Grimbeek
"A resourceful bird forms an unusual family in this picture book.
Red, a small woodland bird, dreams about having a family, "but first, he needed a good nest." Red builds a structure impressive enough to attract a mate, a green bird named Olive, who also wants to start a family. Olive sends Red on a mission to find a few more twigs for their nest. But he doesn't get far before discovering a baby bunny, a baby raccoon, and a baby bear who have all lost their parents. Red assures the mammals they can live with him and Olive, thinking they'll need a bigger nest. Grimbeek's mixed-media cartoon illustrations tell as much of the tale as her spare text, showing the solutions Red devises for the nest size problem until he, Olive, and the babies construct a perfect home. Stories of nontraditional families as inclusive as Red and Olive's are still a rare find in picture books. The author hits just the right note in sharing Olive's surprise at Red's adoptions: "Olive's eyes grew big, but her heart grew bigger." The immediate acceptance and love of both birds for the abandoned animals is uplifting, and Grimbeek's images reveal that Red leaves a note at each location in case the biological parents return. The sweet tale makes the most of the animals' different sizes and shapes in a way that's reminiscent of Jan Brett's The Mitten while telling a completely original story.
A heartwarming, inventive animal tale about making room for unexpected love." - KIRKUS
A portion of the sale proceeds for RED'S NEST will go to 4KIDS. Their mission is to provide hope, healing and a home for kids in crisis. Their vision is "A Home For Every Child". Your purchase goes towards joining foster parents and children for a short time, or a lifetime. Thank you.
About the Author
Born and raised in South Africa, Belinda earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and then married the love of her life. Together they sailed to the United States in 1999 which unexpectedly became a permanent migration, followed by building a business and welcoming three amazing children. More recently Belinda and her family have replanted in North Carolina, where their new business venture is almost as interesting as the stories surfacing in the fresh mountain air. Writing and illustrating Picture Books has been a growing passion of Belinda's since 2006 and she hopes that her stories will engage children with heart and humor. Poetry, photography and other creative outlets allows Belinda to explore both Mainstream and Christian book markets.