You Nest Here With Me
by Jane Yolen & Heidi Stemple; illus. by Melissa Sweet
32 pages; ages 4-8
Boyds Mills Press, 2015
Pigeons nest on concrete ledges,
Catbirds nest in greening hedges,
Tiny wrens, in shoreline sedges.
You nest here with me.
Maybe this isn’t strictly a “STEM” book, but it can be. From grackles to eagles, plovers to killdeer, Yolen and Stemple describe different places that birds nest in spot-on rhyme. They end each stanza: “You nest here with me”. Combine that with Sweet’s gorgeous illustrations and you’ve got a book that you’ll want to read every night.
like LOVE about this book: let me count the ways:
- The birds ~ such a diversity of species and nest types
- Introduction of new words: tor
- Diversity of habitat
- Unlovely birds ~ cowbirds, for example
- Repetition ~ You nest here with me
- A feeling of safety
- Spot-on illustrations
- Texture~ you can almost feel the twigs
- Vibrant color
- Back matter! (everyone knows I love back matter)
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