" The fronts matter is a lovely tangle of nesting material, followed by botanical illustrations of a variety of nests, so I was predisposed to adore this book. And, of course, I like non-fiction picture books. This book opens and closes with wonderful onomatopoetic verse and then moves quickly into a an illustrated list of things a nest is--hidden, stolen, etc. It's a beautiful book, again for older elementary kids exploring science. " Lori Gravley said.
" This author-illustrator team has created books about patient butterflies, quiet eggs, sleepy seeds, and lively rocks, and now they are tackling noisy nests. From tiny hummingbird nests to huge nests built by orangutans, Aston’s always-accurate and lyrical prose and Long’s beautiful artwork will appeal to budding ornithologists and artists.Original post on http://www.mackinvia-connext.com/2015... " Tracey said.
" This may be my favorite Dianna Hutts Aston/Sylvia Long of the series (of course, I might have said that about each one when it came out). The illustrations are beautiful as usual, and the lyrical style of the information is a wonderful example of literary nonfiction. I recognized a few nests that were also mentioned in Egg above! Did you know that some people actually EAT swiftlet nests, which are made entirely of cave swiflet saliva?! It's one of the most expensive foods eaten by humans! " Holly said.
" A beautifully detailed book, both in text and illustrations. Bonus points for including more than just birds (what kids will think of when they hear 'nest') but minus points for including pictures that weren't referenced in the text - it makes them easy to miss on the first reading!Could be very useful as a conversation starter about life cycles, egg laying animals, habitats, camouflage, and lots of other cool science things! " Jillian said.
" Aston hits the mark again as we learn about the many different types of nests of many different animals - not just birds! Organized by characteristics such as temperature, size, materials, we discover similarities in unlikely animal species.The realistic watercolor illustrations are detailed and precise. The end papers show us a close-up view of a flow of ribbons woven together, as if we are inside a nest. " Lynn said.
" I love the illustrations in this book. They’re so detailed, and full of charm. The book introduces a variety of birds (and a few non-bird animals as well) as they build their nests high in trees, under decomposing leaves, in cacti, or even underwater. A poetic over-arching text weaves through the pages, while short informational paragraphs explain more about each nest.If you'd like to read my full blog post on picture books about birds, click here. " Beth said.
"An examination of the various types of nests that birds and other animals build.
This was a fantastic survey that goes well beyond what typically comes to mind at the thought of a nest. Unique bird nests as well as nest-type creations that other animals make are explored from alligators to lampreys to hornets to platypuses. A very informative and brilliantly illustrated look at animal architecture. This book is a tad bit more wordy than some of Aston & Long's other books, but the interesting information is worth the longer read." Becky B said.
"Beautiful, new, non-fiction picture book with inviting watercolors that detail several kinds of wildlife nests and how their inhabitants use them. The materials used to make these nests are detailed colorfully illustrated. I don't know if you would call these double endpapers, but I love it! Zoom in to a nest and zoom out to all the creatures that have nests. Adjectives galore fill this book where you will find an equal emphasis on information and visuals! I love the two page layout in the middle with the diagonal cut comparing the foamy nests of the African Gray Tree Frog and Gourami fish." Kelly said.