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The Best Nest

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  9,270 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Illus. in full color. Mr. and Mrs. Bird's search for a "better" nest leads them to some peculiar spots.
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published July 12th 1968 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Kyrie
I wanted to throttle Mrs. Bird for being so picky.
Sharon
May 09, 2013 Sharon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All
Recommended to Sharon by: My mom
There are some passages from 'classic' literature that are worth keeping alive, such as this one; from, The Best Nest by P.D. Easton, "I love my house, I love my nest, In all the world, My nest is best." Do you concur?," and, if not: might not you be the reason? Just asking? -Please pardon the grammar errors. Sometimes, wisdom transcends grammar. But I still think grammar mechanics are important.
Kathleen Dixon
I've just had a hilarious time reading other Goodreads reviews on this book - a couple were sad because "there's not much love" in this book, another was upset with the use of the word hate because it's a banned word in her household, several criticised Mrs Bird while others excused her because we all know pregnant women are touchy (OOPS, spoiler!!!), one told us what Mr Bird should have done instead of giving in to Mrs Bird's displeasure . . . . I think I enjoyed these reviews almost as much as ...more
Kandra
This was the first book that my daughter loved, so we have read it at least 100 times. She still takes it to bed with her sometimes. Books - the ultimate comfort.
Al
Sep 18, 2007 Al rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children/parents
I thought Mrs. Bird was a little quick to judge, but she was after all with egg.
Brian Harticat
I sunk myself in this book. The life lessons this book gives are priceless. The biggest lesson is this: Do not listen to your nagging wife! I think I speak for most men on this. What the bird should have done is re-model the birdhouse, put in a sports den and wet bar. Then his buds could come over and hang. The wife bird would have been wise to make snacks and keep the birdhouse clean. I hope the author writes a sequel to this book where the dad bird tells her to find her own place, then turns t ...more
Acton
(Bodhi - 4 stars) The main idea of this book is that two birds are looking for a nest. I liked it because they had to look and look for a nest and they found one eventually, and it was funny.
(Saskia - 5 stars) Mr. Bird sang a song and he was so happy because he loved his house. Mrs. Bird came home and told him to stop singing because she did not like their house. The whole book is about them trying to find a new nest, but then they find their old nest again. I would give this book five stars bec
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Andrea
This adorable book is about Mr. and Mrs. Bird trying to find the best nest. Mr. Bird is content with his own nest, but greedy Mrs. Bird is no. So they fly off in hopes of finding a new best, but they do not succeed. After a not so pleasant experience Mrs. Bird learns that their first nest, was actually the best.This book teaches children about a valuable lesson, about not being too greedy. At a young age children want more and more and better, so it is important for teachers and parents to teach ...more
Cara Byrne
Chalk my appreciate and love of this book up to childhood nostalgia and memories of my mom singing, "I love my house, I love my nest, In all the world, my nest is best." As an adult, I don't love the gendered depictions of the birds and "Mrs. Bird" changing and accepting the home when she becomes a mother, nor do I find the illustrations to be particularly interesting or well done. However, I do enjoy reading this book to my daughter making the "BANG BANG BANG" noises of the steeple bell and whi ...more
Angie
Of course I read this a long time ago. But I got it on ... Saturday? To go with my new color Nook and read with my niece. Fun!

And ironic, considering my day today. Be happy with what you have. A lesson to be learned by all of us.
Theresa Landgren
The Best Nest is about Mrs. Bird and Mr. Bird. Mrs. Bird doesn't like the nest that they live in anymore and she wants a new one. So Mr. Bird and her go looking for new nests around the town, but they can't find the perfect one. They find a new nest, but it goes horribly wrong and Mr. Bird loses Mrs. Bird. She left the new nest and he can't find her anywhere. Where did Mrs. Bird go? Did she go back to their old nest?

The Best Nest is one of my favorite picture books because it is a good book to
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Alicia Singleton
This book is about two birds that set out to find a better nest. On their journey, they run into many unique animals and things. After their many trials and misfortunes on finding a better nest, they find comfort in their old nest. This book can teaches a good lesson on being grateful on what one already has. It also teaches children that what you already have in front of you can become what is best for you. Also, it’s a song book. In the book, Mr. Bird sings a little song about his nest; "I lov ...more
David Sarkies
There is no place like home
17 November 2013

This is a wonderful little story (see I am not always harsh when it comes to Children's books) about two birds who decide that they no longer like their old house (or at least the woman doesn't, the man is perfectly happy to sit on top of his house and sing his song all day about how his nest is the best nest) and go on a quest to find a new house. However every house they find is either occupied (by a foot, or some letters) or has hidden traps (such a
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Julie
This book is about a couple of birds who decide to move from their bird house to another home. They try out all types of homes, and none of them seem to work out. They eventually end up back in their old home because it's "the best nest". This would be a good book to use when talking about different places people live. It would be fun to look at all of the different places the birds visit and to look at all of the different types of homes people live in and compare and contrast all of them.
Shannon Brown
The Best Nest, I would read to a class of 3 years old to 6 years of age. What I got out of the story and a lesson to be taught is always appreciate something even if it is old because one day it may be gone. It also teaches one emotion. One emotion that was displayed in the story is "sad". When Mr. Bird thought the cat ate Mrs. Bird, he became sad. This will be a good good to read during story time to children.
Austin Wright
My friend Kevin is reading a list of best children's books. I am following suite in order to discuss the books with him. By default, I give the books four-stars because they're good at what they're intended to do, which is to keep the attention of children and introduce them to literature.

This book contains a trope about an unhappy wife who was wrong about wanting more than her husband currently supplies.
Gisele Tamara
Let me just start off by saying how cool it is that P.D. Eastman started writing through his collaboration with Dr. Seuss. Just like Dr. Seuss, P.D Eastman captured the essence of rhyming with grace in The Best Nest. I thought that the take-away message of appreciating what you already have and that the home is where the heart was such a beautiful message to deliver. We sometimes forget to appreciate the little things and take them for granted and I think that the moral of this story is somethin ...more
Yahira Romero
This book is cute. Its about a couple who live in a cute nest. The husband is very happy with their house but the wife was not happy. She wanted a new nest and they went out looking for one. The looked all around town and could not find one. Once they found a nest they started settling in and they didnt notice that it was at a church where there was a bell. Well that bell rang and the birds got all scared. In the end they end up right back in their own nest with a new baby. There are going to be ...more
Kelsey Wagner
This is a rhyming book about Mr. and Mrs. Bird. Mr. Bird thinks they have the best nest, but Mrs. Bird disagrees, so they go on a journey to find a new home. They try living in a tree, a boot, a mailbox, a church steeple and a chimney, but unfortunately all are already taken. The two are separated after Mrs. Bird flew off in a frightened frenzy, but are reunited at their old nest. It turns out that their old home was perfect after all. The illustrations are very cute and are there to reinforce t ...more
AppleBlossom
K5 read this to me today 2/22/2015. She says: 4 stars. The mom bird used to hate her nest but then she changed her mind, she did like it. That's what I like about 'the best nest', that she changed her mind.
Mike Spinak
The Best Nest is better than P.D. Eastman's other classic children's book, Go, Dogs, Go! Nonetheless, it isn't in any way superlative. It's a modestly humorous story, with serviceable text and serviceable pictures. Competent, and nothing more. I think most adults reading it would have to conclude that this is not a work of love, not a work that meant much personally to the author, not a work of great thought nor effort nor inspiration, but more something that was quickly cranked out in a formula ...more
Bookwyrm
Good read aloud book with the moral of being happy with what you have. I vividly recall the image of the birds collecting beard hair from a man on a park bench.
Sophie
May 07, 2015 Sophie added it
I love singing along to Mr. Bird's song. While mom and dad read it, I sit in my own nest (my mom's snoogle). We read this one every night for over a week!
Amanda
Once my children grasped that Mrs. Bird isn't as "mean" as they initially thought, they haven't put this book down.
Ash Kroger
One of my faves from my childhood. My grandmother would always read it to me.
Erica Douglas
I love p.d. Eastman books. A silly lesson on contentment
Maria Bulfamante
A great book to read to young children!
Anna H
Home is important! Love this sweet little story!
Maggie
One of my favorites from my childhood.
Anna
Oh really, Mrs Bird? Really? Hm.

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Philip Dey "Phil" Eastman was an American screenwriter, children's author, and illustrator. As an author, he is known primarily as P. D. Eastman. A protégé of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Eastman wrote many books for children, in his own distinct style under the Dr. Seuss brand of Random House, many of which were in the Beginner Books series.

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