Written by Randi Sonenshine
Illustrated by Anne Hunter
Hardcover | $16.99
Published by Candlewick
Mar 10, 2020 | 32 Pages 4-8 years |
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The Nest That Wren Built
Nature lovers and poetry fans alike will be drawn to this lyrical picture book depicting how Carolina wrens build a nest for their young.
This is the bark, snippets of twine,
spidery rootlets, and needles of pine
that shape the nest that Wren built.
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.
Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Chicago Public Library's 2020 Best Informational Books for Younger Readers
2021 Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
2021 Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children
The National Aquarium’s Favorite Aquatic and Conservation-themed Books 2020
Praise for The Nest That Wren Built
All in all, a delightfully readable and informative wrendition.
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
A winner all around. Hurrah for the wrens!
Jane Yolen, author of Owl Moon
A delightful, accessible introduction to the nest-building behavior of birds.
School Library Journal
A beautiful picture book.
A beguiling and subtly informative picture book.
Wall Street Journal