This is the nest that Robin built

Denise Fleming, 1950-

Book - 2018

A cumulative rhyme about the animals who help Robin build her nest.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Beach Lane Books [2018]
Edition
First Edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN
9781481430838
1481430831
Main Author
Denise Fleming, 1950- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

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. Preschool-Grade 3. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A cumulative rhyme about the animals who help Robin build her nest.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A robin's animal friends help build her nest in this cumulative collage picture book from Caldecott Honor recipient Denise Fleming.Robin is building a nest, and her friends are ready to help! The squirrel trims the twigs. The dog brings the string. The horse shares his straw. And then a surprise gatefold spread reveals how Robin knits them all together to make a safe and cozy home for her babies.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A robin’s animal friends help build her nest in this cumulative collage picture book from Caldecott Honor recipient Denise Fleming.Robin is building a nest, and her friends are ready to help! The squirrel trims the twigs. The dog brings the string. The horse shares his straw. And then a surprise gatefold spread reveals how Robin knits them all together to make a safe and cozy home for her babies.