Review by Booklist Review
In this charming cumulative tale, Robin builds a nest with help from other animals. First up: This is the squirrel / who trimmed the twigs, not too big, / that anchor the nest that Robin built. Next, a dog "who brought the string, long and strong / that wraps round the twigs . . . . Then a pig, mouse, rabbit, and more. All progress to a gatefold spread, revealing Robin applying each item to her nest, laying eggs, and watching them hatch, all accompanied by a reprise of the descriptive phrases. But the story's not over, as the fledglings rumpled and ruffled, and ready to fly leave the nest, bringing both closure and new beginnings as Robin watches them soar above. Fleming's enchanting, vibrant collage illustrations portray a harmonious group of animated creatures with many inviting details, from the intricate patterns and textures to more whimsical touches, like some ubiquitous ladybugs. Her poem succinctly evokes sensory qualities, and, while it's occasionally wordy, familiar elements like repetition and a bouncy rhythm keep the pace lively. An enjoyable read and engaging approach to the topic.--Shelle Rosenfeld Copyright 2019 Booklist
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Like a fresh spring breeze, Fleming's cumulative tale celebrates a favorite symbol of the season, a robin's nest. Beginning with a squirrel "who trimmed the twigs, not too big,/ that anchor the nest that Robin built," Fleming (5 Little Ducks) introduces several animals that provide the materials the bird needs to craft the resting spot for her "eggs, brittle and blue." The verse is saturated with alliteration and internal rhymes ("This is the mouse/ who gathered the weeds, dotted with seeds,/ that bind the mud, soft not soupy,/ that plasters the straw, rough and tough..."), and the collage illustrations gain bold, mottled textures from the varied printmaking techniques Fleming used to treat the paper before assembling them. When the nestlings, "tufted and pink," finally arrive, a foldout spread reveals all of the work that went into the nest; small vignettes show Robin combining twigs, string, straw, mud, and more to put it together. Fleming's nature scenes pulse with electric shades of green, highlighting the hive of activity that precedes the arrival of a newborn (or three). Ages 2-8. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 2-A robin's nest is fabricated with a little help from a squirrel and other familiar animals. Each creature contributes a key ingredient to make a sturdy abode for the bird in which to lay her eggs. When the eggs hatch they quickly grow into nestlings, "tuffed and pink," rapidly turning into fledglings ready to spread their wings. The proud mama watches as her young ones fly for the first time. Richly hued illustrations are mixed media done using a printing technique and collage. They are expressive, textured, and show various perspectives. Vertically oriented pages support the illustrations, calling to mind the height of a tree, and are accompanied by a cumulative, alliterative, and rhyming text done in the familiar cadence of "The House That Jack Built." VERDICT A handsome choice to welcome spring and new life that will read aloud well with a group or in an intimate setting.-Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Horn Book Review
A robin--with help from friends--builds a nest, shown through vibrant, detailed collage art that mirrors the bird's methods and described in jaunty cumulative verse that pays homage to "The House That Jack Built." A dog supplies string, horse provides straw, pig mixes mud, etc.; then the robin constructs a perfect nest to house three eggs, which hatch. It's a lively story to share individually or with groups. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
A mother robin builds a nest with a little help from nearby creatures.It starts with the squirrel, "who trimmed the twigs, not too big, / that anchor the nest that Robin built." Then the dog brings string, the horse shares straw, the pig mixes mud, and so on. It's a riff on the classic rhyme "This Is the House That Jack Built," but Fleming keeps the text fresh with additional rhyming adjectives. Whether "not too big," "long and strong," or "soft not soupy," each new item Robin receives has its own specifications. Thus, the cumulative story expertly reinforces narrative comprehension while also building vocabulary. Fleming combines her signature printmaking techniques with collage to make beautifully textured illustrations filled with natural tones and repeated patterns. The creatures are mostly to scale, some fitting within the book and some extending beyond its pages. Though the animals change with each page turn, readers will enjoy spotting the tiny ladybugs hidden in each illustration. The narrow portrait trim size expands with a final gatefold that flips the structure of the verse to conclude with the new, "rumpled and ruffled" fledglings flying awaya satisfying conclusion.An avian revision of a classic rhyme that soars. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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