by Henry Cole

On Sale: 03/03/2020


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by Henry Cole

illustrated by Henry Cole

On Sale: 03/03/2020


About the Book

Award-winning author-illustrator Henry Cole soars to new heights in this stunning picture book about robins: their homes, their lives, and their families.

In this black-and-white picture book highlighted with robin’s egg blue, the reader will follow two robins as they build a nest with twigs and grass. Then mother robin lays four beautiful blue eggs and will keep the eggs warm in the nest until they hatch into four baby robins.

The father robin protects the babies until they can fly on their own. The perils the babies encounter are many, including snakes and storms. The nest is always their safe place.

Nesting provides introductory biology and animal science concepts for very young children, and also makes a spectacular springtime gift.

Award-winning author-illustrator Henry Cole has re-created the life story of the robin with simple text and stunning artwork. Nesting is the perfect primer for young bird-watchers and nature lovers. The beautiful, intricate black-and-white illustrations are illuminated with lovely washes of blue that breathe life into the artwork.

Plus don't miss Henry Cole's acclaimed companion book about beavers, Building.

Critical Praise

"Beautiful, informative, and appropriate to the audience. Robin's-egg blue highlights this account of an American robin family's year. [The] bright color contrast[s] arrestingly with [the] black-and-white surroundings. Cole varies the design from vignettes and panels to full- and double-page spreads. The relatively simple text, expressed in short sentences, is very accessible, and the natural history is accurate. Aimed at a younger audience, this conveys essential information." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Cole’s fine-line drawings—black-and-white, with occasional washes of robin’s-egg blue—use short, agitated lines and layered hatching to richly render the birds’ world." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Scenes of incredible detail and beauty. Though considered fiction, everything in this story is true to nature, which is unsurprising considering Cole’s past as a science teacher. He uses limited but smoothly written text to describe a year in these robins’ lives. The arresting artwork is large enough to share in a group setting, but youngsters will also want to pore over its many details." — Booklist (starred review)

"Cole’s nature sketches reveal a keen eye and hand. A stellar offering. Nature lovers of all ages will enjoy this beautiful, informative book." — School Library Journal (starred review)

"Cole illustrates a pair of robins, employing gentle black-and-white crosshatching and one dramatic pop of color: the signature deep robins’-egg blue of the eggs. Uncomplicated language describes the nesting process, while illustrations both mirror and extend the text. [A] solidly scientific account." — Horn Book Magazine


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062885920
  • ISBN 10: 0062885928
  • Imprint: Katherine Tegen Books
  • On Sale: 03/03/2020
  • Pages: 40
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Birds
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts / Seasons

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