The Nest That Wren Built
The Nest That Wren Built

The Nest That Wren Built

Written by Randi Sonenshine & illustrated by Anne Hunter
4 - 7
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Mar 10, 2020
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Masterful verse and illustration give new wings to nest-building—enchanting!

The Nest That Wren Built follows the life of a nest from initial twigs to final abandonment after the hatchlings have left, showcasing in particular the process Papa and Wren go through to create a nest that will be a perfect home—comfortable, sturdy and safe. Factual tidbits alluded to throughout the text (such as the use of snakeskin and spiders’ sacs in nest building) as well as some of the more specific vocabulary words (e.g., brood, fledgling) are explained in further detail at the back of the book to enlighten curious minds. While slightly reminiscent of the classic English rhyme “The House That Jack Built,” Sonenshine’s text benefits from the warmth of nostalgic familiarity while simultaneously being a true original with absolute magnificent poetry and masterfully precise word choice—“This is the tuft of rabbity fur, / plucked from a sharp, persnickety burr / to warm the nest that Wren built.” The beauty of Sonenshine’s verse is met point for point in Hunter’s illustrations, which have a timeless and classic quality in their muted colors and crosshatched strokes. The combination is a work of art that celebrates the specifics of nature and biology in a way that’s sure to entrance budding nature lovers, fact-seekers, poets and artists alike.

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Book Details

Publication Date
March 10, 2020
Candlewick Press (MA)
Text Details
This book was typeset in ITC Veljovic.
Illustration Details
The illustrations were done in ink and colored pencil on tinted paper.
Page Count
Reading Age
4 - 7 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
WorldCat Number (OCLC)

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Core Score - 90%

So, SO close to perfection!

Depth Score - 18%

Just the barebones.

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