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A delightful exploration of the incredibly variety of nests birds build for their babies, illustrated by a Caldecott Honoree.Mama built a little nestinside a sturdy trunk.She used her beak to tap-tap-tapthe perfect place to bunk.There are so many different kinds of birds—and those birds build so many different kinds of nests to keep their babies cozy. With playful, bouncyA delightful exploration of the incredibly variety of nests birds build for their babies, illustrated by a Caldecott Honoree.Mama built a little nestinside a sturdy trunk.She used her beak to tap-tap-tapthe perfect place to bunk.There are so many different kinds of birds—and those birds build so many different kinds of nests to keep their babies cozy. With playful, bouncy rhyme, Jennifer Ward explores nests large and small, silky and cottony, muddy and twiggy—and all the birds that call them home!...

Title : Mama Built a Little Nest
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ISBN : 9781442449459
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Mama Built a Little Nest Reviews

  • KC
    2019-05-22 20:38

    Wonderfully illustrated and simple text that allows the youngest nature enthusiasts to discover the wonders of birds, their nests, and their babies.

  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    2019-05-14 18:39

    Check out more Picture book reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...A book exploring the different materials and places that a variety of birds build their nests. Rhyming verse for the child to read paired with explanations for the adults.This book caught my eye right away. I loved the cut paper nature of the drawings and how they captured the unique locations and materials for the nests. My nephew quite enjoyed the different nests and learning about the birds.The problem with the book lay in the odd pairing of rhyming verse and technical information. One is for the littlest of children and the other is totally for an adult. At first my nephew read both and we were both constantly thrown off by the disparity between the two. One was too simple and the other was too complex. Halfway through the book he read the verse and I read the information. The point of reading these books is to read. Yes, it's great there is information on the birds and the nests but write it so it can be read by the reader! This is the kind of book I would normally want to buy so a child could pour over it but there's no point if they can't read all the words... BOTTOM LINE: Beautiful bird and nest illustrations...______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my picture book reviews in a special feature called Boo's Picture Gallery...

  • Kristine Hansen
    2019-04-30 19:45

    Ooooh...poetry that's fun and easy to read, with more details about nests hidden in the corners for the parents to share or not share. It's so much fun to learn about all the different nest types. The pictures are simple and convey the ideas well, and make me want to hunt for nests outside now that I know what to look for. :)

  • Krista
    2019-05-20 22:53

    I am currently interning in a school library and wanted to book to read to the kids as part of an activity about birds. I definitely now want to use this book for a few reasons. The illustrations are beautiful and simple enough that the kids can see what is going on without having to be right on top of the book. There is just enough information to let the kids know what is going on in each picture, but not so many words that they might get bored while I read each page. There is some additional information on each page that I can read more if they seem really focused but if I don't read them, it won't take away from the story. The facts about birds are interesting and not all things that kids might already know so I'm very excited to use this book in at least one activity.

  • Casandria
    2019-05-11 15:55

    I learned so much about birds from this beautifully illustrated book! Plus, the text is well-written and fascinating

  • Julie
    2019-04-30 14:51

    A few things i learned from this book: 1. A hummingbird uses spiderweb so the little nest will stretch as the chicks grow. 2. The cowbird, whydah, and cuckoo find a nest built by another bird species. They lay their eggs in it and fly off, leaving their eggs in the care of the bird who built the nest. 3. The swiftlet makes an edible nest using tube-shaped saliva, which hardens in the air. Swiftlet nests are used in bird's nest soup, a Chinese delicacy. Who knew?!

  • Sarah
    2019-05-14 18:42

  • Darcy Grabenstein
    2019-05-02 20:49

    Yolen, J., & Stemple, H. (2015). You nest here with me. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mill Press.Reading Rockets. (2017). Concept sorting. Retrieved from You Nest Here With Me by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple, is an endearing story in rhyme that compares a child going to bed with birds nesting. The authors use a wide variety of birds in the story allowing students to see common birds that they may be familiar with, as well as birds that may be new or unfamiliar to them. This book is also rich in new and interesting vocabulary and will help to promote vocabulary development. In the back of the book there are four facts about each of the birds represented in the story. I paired You Nest Here With Me with the non-fiction text Mama Built a Little Nest. Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward also uses rhyme to tell about how birds build nests. The rhyming verse is on the left hand side and on the right hand side are facts about how and why birds build nests where they do. This book is perfect for younger readers who may be interested in birds and their nests. Birds and nests from this book can be compared to birds and nests in the story You Nest Here With Me. There are some birds that are the same, but many that are not. Children will be able to find birds that create similar nests. They will also be able to see the array of items that birds can use to build nests. Some of these items are very interesting (and gross)! There is a combination of text structures in this book that make it interesting and engaging for younger readers. There is a story in rhyme on one page and description text on the other, creating an established sequence to the reading. The illustrations spread across two pages making them very engaging. As far as text features, there is a note from the author at the end with a list of resources or further learning and exploration. The strategy I would use with this twin text set is concept sorting. I would use this with Preschoolers or Kindergartners. I would want the children to be thinking about what birds use to build their nests and where birds build their nests. I would give the children the categories of: things birds use to build their nests and places birds build their nests. I would then provide a variety of pictures of items that birds used to build their nests in the book (ex: tree holes, spider webs, a whole nest (for birds that use other’s nests), feet, etc.) as well as places that they built a nest in the books (ex: tree, cattails, ground, water, cactus, etc.). As children sorted we would be able to talk about why they were placing the items in each category. I could also use this time to ask questions to expand children's thoughts about why they might use certain materials to build their nests and why they might choose the places they do to build their nests.

  • Thabata
    2019-04-29 16:58

    How one fails to fall head over hills with this book is beyond me. Ward made a wondrous piece of literature for the young. With such interesting bird behaviours, it serves an introduction to biology, perfect for homeschooling as it talks about the different nests for different birds with gracious rhymes in a very interesting manner. Seteve Jenkins provides beautiful illustrations and makes this a must have for any library.

  • Hanne Heimonen
    2019-05-22 18:57

    This book is compelling concept book about birds. It introduces different birds and their nests to the reader. I liked that there is a story part with rhymes and an information part under every bird. You can chose to read only the story or also the information that tells more about the bird.

  • Jill
    2019-05-24 19:01

    This is a cute story about birds and the different ways they build their homes. I used it for a bird storytime and it went over pretty well. I think it's a good book to use to illustrate that birds make different sorts of nests, just like people live in different sorts of homes.

  • Seema Rao
    2019-05-13 19:55

    Poems, short factual blurbs, and collage illustrations explore the nesting habits of birds.

  • Rebecca Gomez
    2019-04-26 19:35

    Fantastic. It's educational and a real pleasure to read.

  • Courtney
    2019-05-08 18:55

    I used this for my stem program, "design your own bird nest"

  • Pam
    2019-05-07 17:44


  • E.S.
    2019-05-15 17:50

    Jennifer Ward writes and Steve Jenkins illustrates Mama built a little nest, a poetry book about various birds and what their nests look like, each with a little fact about each type of bird. Unlike the two other poetry books, this book is a rhyming book with an ABCB format. Each bird gets its own page spread, with the left page being devoted to the poem and the right page being devoted to the fact about the bird. For example, “Mama built a little nest, a cup so wee and snug, with walls of moss and roof of sky, and silky, cobweb rug” is the poem about hummingbirds and the featured fact is “A hummingbird makes the smallest cup-shaped nest. It uses spiderweb so the little nest will stretch as the chicks crow.” The dialogue is short and simple and the rhyming helps younger children with phonological and phonemic awareness. The illustrations feature familiar objects and are limited (for the most part) to just two objects per page (the birds and the nest). The illustrations are basic but realistic, each using realistic colors (e.g. a tree branch is gray or brown and berries hanging off of the tree are red). Although this book features certain features that are appropriate for younger children (not a lot of text per page, rhyming, and basic illustrations), there is still a sense of realism to this book and it doesn’t use a lot of bright colors in its illustrations. Additionally, some of the vocabulary used in the poetry might be too complex for younger children; the structure of the poems itself isn’t as hard to understand as a haiku or free verse. Overall, I would recommend this for ages 4 and up. The facts that go along with the poems are too difficult for younger children and without the facts on the page, the poems and illustrations might be hard to explain.

  • Lisa Lathrop
    2019-04-25 21:50

    1.) "Basil's Birds" by Lynn Rowe Reed, 2010 2.) "Mama built a little nest' talks about many different kinds of birds and the nest they build - often in the oddest places (Grebes create a floating nest on the water). "Basil's Birds" connects with the non-fiction book on two levels: birds and nesting...the bird in the book creates a next on the school custodian's head, definitely a location you'd last expect a bird to nest. 3.) Text structures used (combination): description (provides information about different kinds of birds), and compare/contrast (types of birds create different types of nests, some use the same materials but nest in different locations). 4.) The HOT question/strategy I would use with my students and this book is about the theme: "What do you think the main idea of this book is?" answers would be guided toward the answer that not all birds make the same kinds of nests. As a project based on this book, I would have students create their own imaginative bird nest from a variety of materials I give them. Also included would be to put eggs in their nest made of air dry clay and then painted as they desire. The art project exemplifies that no two birds, or students, are the same and that we all have our own ways of adapting.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>This is a great non-fiction book that illustrates different birds and the nest they make. Did you know that some birds don't make their own nests? or that some lay eggs in nests and let a different bird sit on them? Rhyming text, paired with beautiful illustrations, paired with side texts on the facts about that particular bird make for very interesting reading and facts. The author even ties it all in to children at the end.

  • Sunday Cummins
    2019-05-09 23:01

    With rhyming text, Jennifer Ward reveals the art of nest making and the diversity of nests - locations, materials, etc. Each two-page layout features one bird like the woodpecker, the cowbird, the wren. There is the rhyming text in a larger print, and then is also a caption, in smaller print, with more detailed, non-rhyming text about that particular bird's nest making. The illustrations by Steve Jenkins support the details described in the text. The author's note at the end is worthy of reading aloud to older students up front--because it reveals the main ideas in the text and the curiosity of the author (that spurred her research).This could easily be read aloud to preK-4th for specific purposes. In preK-1st grade it might be about exposure and as part of a science unit of study or a hands-on literacy center exploring and describing nests. I'd read aloud just the rhyming text in the book and then go back (during that lesson or another) and read aloud the captions. In the older grades, this might be a jumping off point for doing further research on one particular bird during a particular unit of study. For example, in the book, the author describes the hummingbird making a "small cup-shaped nest" made of "spiderweb so the little nest will stretch as the chick grows." I wanted to know more and easily found information by searching hummingbird nests on-line. Also, if you are in a unit of study - I like how this text reveals the diversity of one aspect of birds - nests. I'd pair this with books like Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart and An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston.

  • Cathy Mealey
    2019-05-06 20:32

    Big, beautiful collage illustrations and a sweet rhyming text make MAMA BUILT A LITTLE NEST the perfect choice for young nature lovers and bedtime snugglers. Ward’s bouncy, playful sing-song text borrows from the familiar “Mary Had a Little Lamb” to introduce fourteen bird species that build an amazing variety of safe, cozy nests.Each page zooms in close to a nest to reveal its special details. The cover features a weaverbird pulling layers of grass over, under, around and through its pear-shaped nest, hanging delicately from a thorny branch. Ward writes: Mama built a little nest/ She used her beak to sew/ a woven nest of silky grass/ the perfect place to grow. Those who want to know more will delight in the additional paragraph providing information about each species.Jenkins, a Caldecott-honoree, brings his signature cut paper collage style in a manner that showcases Ward’s text without overwhelming it. His careful pairing of textures and color accents are bold but simple, depicting the birds and their habitats in realistic fashion. Jenkins makes the familiar birds like eagles, penguins and robins look as beautiful as the more exotic species like hornbills and swiftlets. Their nests are equally detailed and impressive.This book is a terrific introduction to nonfiction for little ones, and is also a welcome addition to classrooms and libraries. An author’s note shares the story that inspired the book, and offers online resources for more information.

  • Carmyn
    2019-05-07 14:41

    As spring blows in to Casper, WY I am seeing bird's nests popping up all over town. We have three in our backyard alone and if the crows come back this year we'll have a nice stinky one high up in the tree in our yard. My one and a half year old son is just starting to discover that more animals exist beyond kitty and puppy who live at our house. We marvel at the squirrels jumping from tree to tree and the ducks down by the river and now he's discovered birds! This charming book teaches us in rhyming verse about 14 different kinds of nests and the birds that build them. Each of the author's choices are unique and interesting even for adults--some nests are made from bird spit. Did you know that? We learn about the nests of tiny birds like the hummingbird and giant nests built by eagles. Spoiler alert--the emperor penguin builds a living nest! Each page has the main text and then in more detailed smaller print there's a explanation of the nesting habits of that particular bird. We found this book at our local library, but I think it's one we need as part of our permanent collection. It's charming, informative, and perfect for helping my wild child understand our wonderful wild world.

  • Tasha
    2019-05-16 16:45

    Told in rhyme, this book explores the many different ways that birds create nests for their eggs and babies. The jaunty rhyme is accompanied by informational text on each species and their habitats and nest building style. Bird species range from penguins to falcons to flamingos. There are also more unusual birds like weaverbirds as shown on the cover of the book. Ward’s rhyme works well here, offering a playful feel to a book filled with scientific information. She has also selected a great mix of species with familiar birds mixed in with more exotic ones. Each has its own unusual way of creating a nest, making this a book where turning the page is part of the adventure.As always, Jenkins’ cut paper art is spectacular. He manages to create so much life with textured paper and different colors. From the subtle colors of a cactus plant to the feathers on an owl’s wing, this art is lovely and makes this book very special.Intelligently and beautifully presented, this nonfiction picture book will entice young readers to learn even more about birds. Appropriate for ages 5-8.

  • Michelae Danielle
    2019-05-05 18:52

    1. "Mama Built a Little Nest" features a variety of birds and their different nests. Showing the different locations materials and nest styles. There are many bird types and the book ends with showing a typical human home, and a bed, our nest. 2. This book shows beautifully illustrated pictures of mama birds and their young, tending to their nests. There are appropriate amounts of information about each bird and can be utilized for pre-k to fifth grade. The text has a nice flow and is engaging for all children with the rhyming words the author utilizes. 3. Books to connect with: "The Little House" by Virginia Lee Burton & "A House is a House for me" by Mary Ann Hoberman.4. Quote: "You have a nest- your very own! A place to rest your head with pillows soft and cozy. Your nest is called a bed."This quote can be used as a launch pad to discussed many different topics. A class could discuss the different types of homes that people live in, and don't live in, bringing up the topic of homelessness. It could also be used to discuss other animals habitats.

  • Molly Thompson
    2019-05-07 17:49

    This beautifully illustrated non-fiction story highlights the nesting habits of various birds. Both the mother and father of these birds build nests. On each page, there are detailed captions with additional information including the bird’s specific name and other interesting facts. This book also rhymes making it appealing to younger readers. There are also opportunities to children to interact with the book. For example, “how many eggs can you find on the page?” In the end, the author asks the reader about his or her own nest. This personal connection will help students to better understand the lives of birds. The illustrations are collaged from natural materials bringing the pages to life. To follow up with this book, I would have students create their own nests and birds out of recycled materials. Students could research a specific bird and present their nest to the class with their findings. Students could also use this information to make their own poem modeled after the writing style in the book.

  • Cemeread
    2019-05-25 20:32

    Here's a picture book that can be used like a non-fiction book. Illustrated by the illustrious Steve Jenkins so every detail is true to life. Each two page spread has a rhyming four line sentence on one side and in slightly smaller print on the other side, no more than a few sentences with facts about the nest. For example, "Mama built a little nest.She gathered twigs that floatand placed them on the waterto create a cozy boat.Grebes create a floating nest on the water and anchor it to plants." The bird, nest, and egg or chick are shown for each spread. The reader can choose just the story portion, just the facts or both. I choose to read this book again! (The book I read did not have an audio)Have you Heard the Nesting Bird by Rita Gray or What will Hatch?, also by Jennifer Ward would be good choices to read with this title. To follow a robin from nest, to egg, to chick read Nest by Jorey Hurley.

  • Arminzerella
    2019-04-24 18:33

    Jennifer Ward and Steve Jenkins have created a wonderful book detailing many of the different kinds of nests built by different species of birds. Ward's rhyming text is spot on and Jenkins paper cut illustrations are just amazing - colorful, detailed, textured. The birds are carefully designed and depicted. Additional information about each bird species is provided in another font on facing pages. Pretty, fun, and informative!Excerpt: Daddy built a little nest. And then he built another. And another. And another - hoping to impress my mother. Like many wrens, a male cactus wren builds several dome-shaped nests to attract a female. If impressed, the female will choose one and then continue to add to its structure. Remaining nests may be used as resting places (roosts) by the father and may also serve as decoys to confuse predators.

  • Jillian Heise
    2019-05-20 18:50

    This illustrations in this book are not only beautiful but highlight the different aspects of the birds in a wonderful way. It has a wonderful rhyming sequence for each type of bird as it tells how the nest is built in story form, and then each page also includes an informational footnote next to the nest to give more information. It was surprising to have the additional information included on the pages as opposed to how it is typically seen at the end of a book, but I liked seeing it that way.I would pair with Nest & Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?.

  • Amy Forrester
    2019-05-11 15:50

    This bold and beautiful non-fiction picture book highlights the many different nests created by birds. Jenkins’ precise paper collages bring to life a variety of birds, from hummingbirds to eagles, flamingos to swiftlets. The repetitive rhyming text is printed in a large, bold font making it easy to read aloud, while a smaller font is used for additional information about each species. The text also includes the fascinating building materials and methods used by the birds. An author’s note reveals the inspiration for this book about avian architects. It also includes online resources for further exploration. Use this book as part of a unit on birds, houses/shelter, or as a non-fiction addition to a preschool storytime. Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day:

  • Dustin
    2019-05-12 18:00

    Nature lovers should flock to this exquisite book playfully showing amazing nests and the variety of bird life which creates them. It offers cute poems on one side for read-aloud and younger readers, and then short fact based paragraphs on the opposing pages for deeper reading. The nests range from the huge eagle’s to the minute hummingbird’s, with less common varieties in between. Of course, the worldwide habitats show how they survive and thrive in almost all ecosystems. Steve Jenkins’ wonderful illustrations are always a draw for me, and he once again strikes his balance of simple paper collage with detailed realism. Extra rationale for the book and suggested websites arrive at the end. This is a pleasing addition to your animal habitats collection.

  • Heidi
    2019-05-09 18:02

    A beautifully written and illustrated book that is well suited to reading out loud. Not only is the book quite informative about birds and the different types of nests they build but the poetry flows in a pleasing way. Each page explores a different type of bird and a different type of nest with a short poem and a brief explanation of the type of nest. The information is intriguing, I had no idea there were so many different types of nests. I think my favorite was the hummingbird nest that is tiny, but built with spider webbing so the nest will stretch as the nestlings grow. Jenkin's illustrations are amazing as they always are, the details in the nests and birds made for great enjoyment on my part. A winner all the way around.

  • Beth
    2019-05-25 21:32

    This book focuses on the amazing variety of nests built by birds. (Just bird nests in this book — if you’re looking for other nest-building animals, check out the next book on this list.) The main text is rhyming, and covers birds ranging from woodpeckers to penguins to flamingos, and the interesting features of their nest-building habits. There are also short paragraphs of non-rhyming text that go into more detail about the nest building process for each bird.If you'd like to read my full blog post on picture books about birds, click here