Parents' Guide to

Mama Built a Little Nest

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Lively, poetic takes on different birds' nesting habits.

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Each example in Mama Built a Little Nest is truly amazing and fascinating, and easy for little ones to grasp. The four-line poems are cleaver and fun while synthesizing how this nest is different from others, using words a kid can understand. For example, a baby hummingbird observes: "Mama built a little nest,/ a cup so wee and snug/, with walls of moss and roof of sky/ and silky cobweb rug."

Illustrator Steve Jenkins' mixed-media collages on a stark white background are spare, sharp, and clear, helping kids focus on what's distinctive about each type of bird and nest.

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