May 14, 2015

A Nest Is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 1:46 am by suebe2

A Nest Is Noisy
by Dianna Hutts Aston
illustrated by Sylvia Long
Chronicle Books

“A nest is noisy.
It is a nursery of chirp-chirping…”

And so it begins.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is just a book about chirping birds.  When Aston talks about noisy nests, she isn’t just talking birds.  She’s talking bees, alligators and squirrels as well.

It isn’t just the animals that are suprising but also the nesting material, including the everything goes nest of the blue jay complete with leaves and twigs and bits of cloth but also a snake skin.

In addition to the surprises, Aston sets up a series of contrasts with great big nests and teeny tiny nests.  Then there are the textured nests that are pappery, pebbly and even bubbly.  A frogs bubbly nest high up in a tree?  You’ll read about it here.

There’s even a spread about army ants and the nests that they make from their own bodies.  I’m still trying to decide if that is cool or more than a little creepy.

Detailed watercolor illustrations bring the details in this book to life.  Long’s pictures are so vibrant and full that a child who sees one of these animals in the book would be able to recognize it in life.

With the quiet, comfy ending, this book could work as a birthday book but it would also make a great group book as you discuss animal home and animal babies.  Share this one with the young nature lover in your life but then be ready to go out and explore the world.

–SueBE

 

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