​​​​​​​Randi Sonenshine

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This is the bark, snippets of twine,
spidery rootlets, and needles of pine
that shape the nest that Wren built.


                       Kirkus Starred Review

                    A Junior Library Guild Selection


                     Age Range: 4 - 8 years
                     Grade Level: Preschool - 3
                     Hardcover: 32 pages
                     Publisher: Candlewick (March 10, 2020)

                     ISBN-10: 1536201537
                     ISBN-13: 978-1536201536


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​                     The Nest That Wren Built

​          Candlewick Press (March 10, 2020)


               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.


​       Kirkus (Starred Review) "All in all, a delightfully readable and informative wrendition."

     School Library Journal "a delightful, accessible introduction to the nest-building behavior of birds."

       Booklist"A beautiful picture book."

      Book Page   "The Nest That Wren Built may be a book about wrens, but it’s also about the patient, tender care that                                              parents take when they provide for their offspring."

       The Wall Street Journal "a beguiling and subtly informative picture book"