Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Whose Nest? by Victoria Cochrane

Children ages 4 to 8 are in for a treat when they peek behind the flaps in Whose Nest?

Does a gecko have a nest? Does a bumblebee? A tree frog? I read this book to a group of four and five year olds and learned a thing or two myself. A nest is a shelter for keeping eggs or young animals safe. And it is not always made of twigs and sticks.

If you want a nonfiction picture book that's large enough to read to a group, this book is perfect. Children can guess who each nest belongs to as they learn new vocabulary, an early literacy skill. The nest on the cover, made of moss, sticks and feathers, is actually very tiny and can barely be seen in a tree. It belongs to the hummingbird. Put this title on your list of books to use in a science center in a classroom along with sticks, twigs, feathers, shredded paper and whatever else you can find so children can create their own nests. Tell stories about who might live in the nests to encourage narrative skills.

If you and your child are interested in birds and what they use to build their nests, check out Mama Built a Little Nest, a picture book with colorful cut paper collage illustrations by Steve Jenkins.

Want to learn together about why a nesting bird is so quiet while other birds whistle, twitter and caw?  Or, what to do if you find a bird sitting on her nest? Read Rita Gray's book Have You Heard The Nesting Bird? It includes a mock interview with a robin. Find it here in the Virginia Beach Public Library catalog.

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