Author: Randi Sonenshine
Illustrator: Anne Hunter
Publisher: Candlewick, 2020
Themes: wrens, nest building, stories in rhyme
Opening: These are the twigs, dried in the sun, that Papa collected one by one to cradle the nest that Wren built.
Summary: (from my library catalog) In the rhyming style of “The House That Jack Built,” this poem about the care and specificity that Carolina wrens put into building a nest is at once tender and true to life. Papa and Mama Wren gather treasures of the forest, from soft moss for a lining to snakeskin for warding off predators. Randi Sonenshine’s lilting stanzas, woven with accurate and unexpected details about Carolina wrens, and Anne Hunter’s gentle, inviting illustrations reveal the mysterious lives of these birds and impart an appreciation for the wonder of the life cycles around us. Back matter includes a glossary and additional interesting facts about wrens. Nature lovers and poetry fans alike will be drawn to this lyrical picture book depicting how Carolina wrens build a nest for their young.
I like this book because:I admit I was completely sold by the cover! And was not disappointed by the beautiful interior art at all! The is truly a perfect marriage of word and art, but the description already says it all! Definitely one of my favorites this year!
Resources/activities: try and build a nest from all the components in the book – or as many as you can find; look up the calls and songs of wrens, and maybe some other favorite birds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website. I used to drive my kids crazy listening on a loop! Read more books with animal stories illustrated by Anne Hunter .
For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.