This Is the Nest That Robin Built

by Denise Fleming

When Robin builds her nest, she makes use of the handiwork of many other creatures... read more

When Robin builds her nest, she makes use of the handiwork of many other creatures in this “House That Jack Built” accounting of the effort and its aftermath. Squirrel trimmed twigs “not too big,” Dog brought string “long and strong,” Horse shared straw, Pig mixed mud, Rabbit picked grass, and so on. When the nest is ready, there are eggs “brittle and blue,” and eventually nestlings “tufted and pink,” who turn into fledglings “rumpled and ruffled and ready to fly. Good … Bye.” The energetic text is built on rhythm and exemplary word choice—terrific action verbs and adjectives abound—and set against captivating illustrations that celebrate the natural world, done in Fleming’s trademark combination of printmaking techniques and collage. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019

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