Nest is a lovely picture book about the life cycle of a family of robins. The book begins with the mother and father taking care of the egg and ends with the fledged baby meeting its own mate and taking care of a new egg. She follows the seasons beautifully and simply with just a few words, which leaves children to their observation skills to look at what changes over time – the leaves, the spots on the young robin’s breast, the food they are searching for, for example. Hurley includes the story of how she wrote the book for her daughters after observing a family of robins herself, which is fun to share with kids. She also includes additional facts about robins, all of which is great information that isn’t too complicated. We recommend you try to check this out from your local library but here is a link to Amazon as well….NEST.
Optional Supplemental Activities – After reading this book consider looking at a real bird’s nest if you have one or go for a walk in the woods looking for old nests!
Another fun idea that we tried was we went outside and looked for nesting materials and then made nests out of paper bowls that we lined with yarn, sticks, and leaves using glue sticks. This was EASY and A LOT of fun!
I also gave my kiddos plastic eggs with a candy peep inside to take care of for a week and then we had a hatching party.
Nature Families Rating: 5 out of 5 Acorns for simplicity and amazing illustrations!
Appropriate for All Ages but recommended for: Ages 3-7
Topics Related to This Book: Seasons, Life cycle, Nests, Birds
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