A Nest Is Noisy is the fifth nature book from author Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrator Sylvia Long. I have long been a fan of this award winning series of books, both for the creative way that Aston presents the information and the gorgeous, richly detailed illustrations from Long that bring it to life and am happy to finally be able to share it here.
Aston draws readers in with her poetic text, starting with the title. But a nest isn't just noisy, a nest is also a "nursery of chirp-chirping . . . buzzing, squeaking, peep-peeping, bubbling babies." Each page begins with, "A nest is . . ." followed by fantastic adjectives. In fact, these books can also be used for language arts lessons, Aston's tet is so rich with descriptive words.
Two paragraphs of information about the egg laying animals and insects who have built the nests follow. Everything from the foamy nest of the African gray tree frog to the papery nests of hornets and wasps to the adobe nests of the American ovenbirds is included here. And every bit of it is fascinating! Aston ends A Nest Is Noisy with these words, "A nest is noisy . . . buzzing, swishing, rustling, flapping and humming with babies . . .but only until they are ready to fly, swim, or crawl away. Then a nest is . . . quiet." A final two page spread shows and names the nest building creatures, a perfect way to end the book.
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Source: Review Copy