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Friday 29 October 2010

Review: The Best Nest

This is another beautiful book from the National Library of Australia.

Basically, the NLA has taken an archived book from 1945 by C.E. Stamp and added illustrations from their national collection to produce a wonderful exploration of Australian birds.

Beautiful explanations and details of the illustrations are included at the back of the book for the adult in the family. The Robins decide it is time to build a nest and decide to go 'house' hunting to see what is already out there in the neighbourhood.

We, along with the Robins, explore all sorts of nest building techniques, consider the needs of the occupants and their surrounding environment and finally come to a conclusion about what is needed  to make the best nest for a Robin.

Occasionally, there was a little attitude amongst the neighbours about their homes because as we all know from our own dwellings, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we all believe we have the Best Nest!!

Title: The Best Nest
Author: Adapted by Penny Olsen
Illustrator:  Various
Publisher: National Library of Australia, A$17.95
Publication Date: 1 July 2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780642277046
For ages: 3-6 years
Type: Picture Book 

- this review by Cate Hale