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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Books

You Nest Here with Me

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You Nest Here with MeYou 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.

What I 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
  • Collage
  • Back matter! (everyone knows I love back matter)

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Author: Sue Heavenrich

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One thought on “You Nest Here with Me

  1. Sue, You have found two great books this week. Definitely right in time for spring.