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The Perfect Nest
Catherine Friend
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The Perfect Nest

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  919 ratings  ·  125 reviews
It' s the perfect read-aloud A flustered cat is on the verge of crying fowl in a farmyard story that will crack kids up.
Jack the cat is building the perfect nest. It' s bound to attract the perfect chicken, who will lay the perfect egg, which will make the perfect omelet. And sure enough, a chicken shows up (" Caramba " ), but so do a duck (" Sacre bleu " ) and a goose ("
Hardcover, 1 page
Published January 1st 2007 by Candlewick Press (MA)
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A cat in overalls, a Mexican chicken, a French duck and a hillbilly goose. I don't know why. The cat builds a cozy nest with pillows and romantic lighting in the hopes of luring some poultry in there to lay an egg for his breakfast. I won't spoil it by saying more.

Luke and I both agreed on the rating for this one - it was a 5-star read aloud. But ONLY if you read the characters in different animated voices. The chicken is Spanish (Icaramba!), the duck is French (Sacre bleu!) and the goose is American (Great Balls of Fire!)....

Even my husband laughed out loud when I was reading it out loud... that alone is worth a 5 star rating.....

Another reason I'm giving this a 5 star is because it has helped to restore my son's interest in picture books. He's all of 5
Edward Creter
One of the funniest and gentlest stories for kids I've read so far. Jack the Cat starts out wanting omelets, so he thinks his opportunity has arrived when a Spanish chicken, a French duck and a cowboy-talkin goose get together on one nest to make eggs...and bitch and moan over who gets the comfy nest first. Jack chases them off (eventually) and then sets up to eat some scrambled egg goodness...only the eggs pop into babies at the wrong moment...or IS it the wrong moment for Jack to actually care ...more
Nathaniel Chattic
Grades: K-4th

This is yet another example of a simple, tride and true storytelling device coupled with dynamic art can combine to create: a great children's book. Author Catherine Friend takes a device that can be seen in a number of children's stories, using three characters focusing on one object of desire, creating mixed reactions and responses. One of the things I really appreciated here in the text are the "voices" in the text. Different languages (Spanish and French) are used here to distin
This hilarious story features Jack, a wily feline intent on obtaining some eggs for a yummy omelet. In order to lure some egg-layers within his reach, he prepares a comfortable nest for some feathery creature. His plans are successful, and a Spanish-speaking chicken, a French-speaking duck, and a goose all lay claim to the nest, and lay eggs of different sizes. Jack is unable to snatch the eggs because the layers won't leave no matter what he does. In desperation, he sends them off to find a bet ...more
Amy Musser
Jack the cat has the perfect plan. He builds the perfect nest in the barn, complete with a welcome mat and twinkle lights, and waits for a perfect chicken to lay a perfect egg to make the perfect omelet for Jack. Sure enough, a chicken comes along and lays a small egg in the perfect nest. Unfortunately, a duck waddles by and decides she must lay her egg in the perfect nest. And wouldn’t you know it, a goose has the same idea! It takes Jack a while, but he is finally able to lure the squabbling ...more
Category: Grades K-3, Book #1

The Perfect Nest is a fun book for children who like to laugh and for adults who like to read to them. (In fact, there are several opportunities for the reader to add voices making it an even funner experience.) It's the story about a farm cat named Jack, who comes up with a plan to get himself an egg to make an omelet. In order to make his plan work, he creates a nest no mother bird can resist, and by doing so attracts three mother birds. They all lay eggs in his ne
Kayla Buchan
Audience: Primary
Genre: Picture Book
Pre-literacy strategy: Picture walk- going through some of the books' exciting or interesting pictures (previously marked by the instructor) and having the students discuss what's in the picture and make inferences about what they think is happening in the story.

For this book, I would definitely try the picture walk strategy. The pictures in this book are so bright and fun, I think it would be an excellent exercise to get the children engaged in the book. Som
Be careful what you wish for! Jack the cat builds the perfect nest hoping to lure a chicken to lay eggs for his omelets. The nest is so wonderful, however, that a chicken, a goose and a duck all fight over the nest - each leaving an egg in turn. After Jack chases the birds out of the nest, he is ready to make an omelet when the eggs begin to hatch. Jack tries to lose the babies, to no avail. Soon enough he realizes that the nest is perfect – for him and his new baby birds. The colorful gouache i ...more
Christian Houseworth
I love this book! The Perfect Nest is about a cat named Jack who wants to find some eggs so that he could make an omelet. he has a rooster, duck. and a chicken who all lay eggs and want to stay in the nest. they fight over the nest until Jack comes up with a way to get them to leave so that he can get the eggs. Jack cracks the eggs and each one ended up being a baby. The story gets even more interesting from there...This book is a very good book to use to integrate language (French, Spanish,and ...more
The Perfect Nest is a perfect book for your perfect child. The story is centered around a perfect nest that Jack the cat built for a chicken to lay an egg for his breakfast. It worked perfectly well because he got, not one egg, but THREE! However, that was the start of Jack's problems.

I love how the problem escalates making it more trouble for Jack; more fun for the readers. The ending is predictable because I've read lots of stories with this premise and the outcome is always the same. But what
I love this book. The illustrations are awesome and it lends itself to being a great read aloud book for kinder and 1st grade. It is easy to put your own spin on the book with different voices for the characters. Even the teachers visiting my library enjoyed listening to this book. It has a very adorable ending.
Shelby Royalty
I really enjoyed this book. It's about a cat who is determined to trick the other barnyard animals into laying their eggs in his nest. In the end, the cat ends up loving and caring for the duck and chicken that hatch. I could see lots of children enjoying this story.
Alma Loredo
Jack the cat builds the perfect nest. The nest was not for him, it was for a chicken to come a lay an egg so he can have breakfast. The chicken laid an egg but so did the duck and the goose, which all three fought for the prefect nest. Jack tried everything to get to the eggs but everything failed. Lastly he told them that the farmer next door had a perfect nest too and did not know why they were all fighting for that nest. All three ran. Jack was admiring the eggs when they began to hatch. Jack ...more
Craving the perfect omelet Jack the cat decides to build the perfect nest to attrack the perfect bird to lay the perfect egg. Jack soon learns though that sometimes getting the perfect thing is more difficult than someone would think and that what you want in the beginning can change in the end.

This book is a great way to show children that sometimes perfect can cause problems and that the perfect package can come in many different ways. From a language standpoint the book has a chicken that spe
Sarah Adamson
A really cute and super fun book for reading aloud to younger kids. A cat builds the perfect nest in order to get the perfect egg for an omelet. Hilarity ensues. Fun with gorgeous pictures!!
Ms. B
A silly story about a cat who's looking for breakfast and 3 birds who are looking for the "perfect nest". Catherine Friend's detailed writing could work for making predictions or visualizing.
I wanted to like this one more than I actually did. A very sweet story but a tough read-aloud for some reason, and didn't hold Linnea's attention in a sustained way.
This book's use of space was very good. Most of the pages were filled completely with the picture itself with the text in a corner or lightly shaded area. This is great for pulling in the reader and shows that the illustrator was going for the best overall reading experience. The book is also fairly large in size, so it is nice to see that the pages are not consumed with large borders or wasted space. On pages that focused on the "big picture" idea, there was no white space at all. Some pages us ...more
A wonderfully funny story of a cat who builds the best nest in hopes of enticing a chicken to lay an egg so he can have an omlet for breakfast. This nest not only a chicken but also a duck and a goose! The cat can't believe his luck! Three eggs!

But then the three birds won't leave the nest. No matter the emergency the cat comes up with they won't leave! Finally he tells them that there's a better nest at the next farm over. The three birds go flying and the cat finally gets access to the eggs...
Tara Weaver
K-3 grade (listening)

The illustrations in this book are fabulous, you really get a since of what a chickens nest might look like. The cat is so big he takes up 2 pages. The use of Spanish and French is this book is great. The big bold words really jump off the page at you. This would be very appealing to children with the cat, chicken, goose, and duck. I absolutely love this book and cannot wait to add it to my library. I think children would find it very funny.


You could do a lesson
Marilyn Miller
It is a perfect read aloud! Great outcome and fun to let children guess how things will turn out!
Awww...Jack, the cat builds the perfect nest, not for himself of course...but just for the right chicken, goose, or duck to come along and lay an egg for his breakfast. But, when all three come along and lay an egg each and they squabble and argue over who should really tend to the nest, they take Jack's advice and hightail it out of there. They hope to find a nice, cozy nest on a neighboring farms. Three eggs for Jack!

Of course, eggs don't stay eggs forever and three little new friends think Ja
I liked this book and I hated this book I love the cat being ingenious to get an omelet. I like the languages French and Spanish, I like that there is a chicken, a duck and a goose. I like how the cat becomes the mama, but I am not impressed that the animals abandon their eggs for a 'better' nest. I just read a story about a Chinese women who flushed her newborn down the toilet and they had to rescue it and cut it out of the pipe so child abandonment is a really sensitive subject for me today... ...more
Liz Todd
LOVED this book! Will be a great K read-aloud in egg season!

This was a bit predictable, but in the end not. We liked it.
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
A lively story that is sure to cause giggles.

Jack the cat loves omelets. In his quest for the perfect egg, he builds a nest designed to attract a bird that will lay such an egg.

Jack’s nest attracts not one but three birds that each lay an egg, and then proceed to argue for ownership of the nest.

After convincing the birds to find an even better nest, Jack is finally left in peace with three lovely eggs - - or is he?

The ending is a sweet surprise.

Audience: ages 4 and up

^Reviewed by Ruth Keller, Yo
Fun to read! I focused on letter N with kindergarten.
Rachel G
This is a very fun children's book by author Catherine Friend. The text and illustrations by John Manders marry together very well to make this a fun read for both children AND their parents!

Some things I loved about this book
- It's based a bit on Friend's real life experiences on her farm in SE Minnesota.
- The predatory cat learns to love & care for his potential food.
- The use of language with the chicken speaking Spanish, the duck speaking French & the Goose speaking very colloquia
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Catherine Friend had what she calls a "boring" childhood, but she says that boring was just fine -- because it gave her more time to read. She read so much her parents had to set a "no-reading-at-the dinner-table" rule. She was slightly shy as a child, but enjoyed playing Beauty Parlor with her sister, taking family trips, and watching STAR TREK and TIME TUNNEL.

She studied Economics, but because
More about Catherine Friend...
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