for You Nest Here with Me
by Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, and Melissa Sweet
A gentle, rhyming bedtime book uses the metaphor of nesting for bedtime in a narrative that describes the nesting environments of 14 different birds in couplets that end with the repeated refrain, “You nest here with me.” The opening and closing of the story feature a mother putting her young child to bed. Melissa Sweet’s cozy mixed media, gouache, and watercolor illustrations are lovely, with soft edges and soothing colors. While not wholly realistic, the individual species of bird are distinct and the scenes suggest specific environments in the natural world. (Ages 2–5)
CCBC Choices 2016. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016. Used with permission.
With rhyming text, this soothing bedtime book is an ode to baby birds everywhere and sleepy children home safe in their own beds. As a mother describes to her child how many species of birds nest, from pigeons on concrete ledges to owls in
oak tree boles to swallows above barn doors. The soothing refrain of "you nest here with me" eases her little one and readers alike to slumber. Combining their poetic writing and their love of birding, mother and daughter Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple have written what is sure to become a bedtime classic.
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