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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  509 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
In her picture book debut, artist Jorey Hurley opens our eyes to the wonders of the natural world and tells a universal story of family.

From birth, to first flight, to new friend, the first year of a bird’s life is full of activity and wonder. Artist Jorey Hurley pairs vivid, crisp artwork with simple, minimal text—often just one word per spread—to create a breathtaking, p
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (first published February 1st 2014)
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Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Nest is a simple and beautiful picture book about the life of a family of robins. The digitally designed artwork is gorgeously rendered. With a one word description per page it reads like a poem. This is a lovely book about nature for children of any age.
Cathy Mealey
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Although the view from my window is still a frozen, icy snowscape, yesterday I saw two brown robins flitting in and out of the bare branches on my forsythia bush. Too early, friends! I thought, but I remain hopeful that their appearance means spring will soon arrive.

Nest is the perfect book to lure young readers into noticing and appreciating this first sign of spring, the arrival of the American Robin. Matte, bold illustrations draw us immediately into the life cycle of a robin family from nest
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
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Simplistic in design but very effective use of a single word and illustration per page to convey a story – there are endless possibilities for the conversations/stories this book will allow you to conjure up when reading to your baby/toddler.

Colours, seasons, families, movement, emotions…a simple word says so much.

Love a cardboard/hard board children’s book! So practical.

Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story of a family of Robins as told one word at a time. Each two page spread uses a single word to represent a moment in time in the Robin family, whether it be related to the season or a new period of growth.

Digital illustrations give the book a simple, uncluttered design. The author's note pulls the whole book together and reveals the author's inspiration for writing the book.

I highly recommend this nature read for sharing one-on-one with PreK-2.
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I thought this book was rather gorgeous. Ordinarily I'm not a huge fan of illustrations done digitally but the shapes used were just so... tender, if that makes sense. The matte paper also makes a huge difference here, fitting the soft feel produced by the simplicity of the elements in the pictures, the lack of outline, and gently muted colors. Despite the simplicity, the shapes are complex enough to produce a sense of realism rather than cartoon. Quite nice.
The Library Lady
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
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One word per 2 page spread, and that's enough to trace a pair of robins through a year's nesting cycle. This is a tour de force, and the sort of picture book that makes the hipster crap look like the nonsense that it is. Wonderful for story time where it should inspire conversation and discussions, or just for enjoying with someone on your lap.
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Colorful and whimsical, Jorey paints the picture of a Robin's life with simple, clean text. It's a perfect for young readers who can be absorbed in the beautiful images and create stories of their own in the drawings. I am going to purchase multiple copies for my friends and nieces as I am sure this will grow to be a family favorite.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very simple tale of a robin family and their egg. Single word description for each colorful illustration makes this story of family, nature, growth, and seasons a wonderful and yet approachable discussion about babies.
Amanda Coppedge
Gorgeous art. One word per page makes it great for younger readers, but older readers will love using it as a jumping-off point to tell more of a story based on the pictures and their own knowledge of birds.
Alex M
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's everything a board book should be! A sweet little book that is simple, not over-stimulating, and is beautifully illustrated. 4.5 stars!
Darshana Khiani (Flowering Minds)
Love this book on so many levels.
Perfect for preschoolers.
Great author note at the end.
Becky B
A simple introduction to the life cycle of a robin.

Each page spread in this has only one word, but combined with the illustrations it is enough to understand the basic developmental steps as a baby robin grows to adulthood. There's an extensive author's note in the back with much more information on robins and adult readers can decide which details are of interest to the little readers. Because the book is so simple it should be a winner with kids who aren't reading words on their own yet, they
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
A simple progression of pictures with one word descriptions follows the life cycle of the American Robin.

I liked the simple word to describe the page, but was a little disappointed that the drawings were also very simple. Tells a story but is a bit forgettable, more detailed drawings of the birds could have really helped the story shine.

No content issues.

Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love that it comes full circle!
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Beautiful illustrations accompanied by one word per double-page spread outlines the life of robins.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nice simple picture book for young children. One word per page with wonderful illustrations. The art work tells the tale of two robins and their nest, the arrival of an egg, its hatching, care of the baby, it's flegding and growth, changing seasons,until the cycle repeats in the spring. Lovely story, beautiful book!
Katie Fitzgerald
Two robins build a nest, mate, and hatch a baby robin. The baby grows up and the cycle begins again.

The pictures in this book are simple, but eye-catching. The flowers, grass, and birds’ nest are all textured in such a way as to give the impression that one could reach out and touch them. The birds’ various poses suggest realistic movement, and the passing seasons are portrayed effectively by the changes in the birds’ tree. I also love the endpapers, which show blue robin’s eggs, a symbol of th
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This simple and elegant picture book takes a look at a year in the life of a robin. It begins with an egg in a nest and two proud parents. By the next page, the egg has hatched into one very hungry baby bird. As the tree flowers, the little bird is fed by its parents. Then comes the first flight as a speckled robin chick. There are berries on the tree to feast on and when autumn comes the green leaves have turned orange and yellow and started to fall. The last of the berries are eaten while snow ...more
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, birds
Even though there is only one word on each page of this book, there is quite the story within the pages. This is a story of a couple of birds building a “nest” in a tree. Then the book goes on to tell just what else happens as the birds dedicate themselves to laying and nurturing the egg and chick in the nest. One of my favorite things to do in story time is to show a picture book that has little text but quite a good story shown in the illustrations. That way I can continually ask readers, “Wha ...more
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a perfect book to welcome the return of the robins after our long, cold winter. In Nest, author and illustrator Jorey Hurley, has created a lovely book that outlines the year of a robin family, beginning with the parents, a nest and their egg. After the egg hatches a tiny, hungry baby bird is born, the parents feed it, teach it to fly and to fend for itself. As the seasons change, the illustrations beautifully reflect their changes. The baby bird then comes full circle one year later return ...more
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
NEST is a wonderful book to share with younger children. With only one word for every set of pages, a year in the life of a pair of robins is told through the art.

The book begins with one of the parents flying with a twig. (This page is facing the Title Page.) The next image is of mom and dad and a single blue egg. From there we get to see rain falling on a protective parent sitting on Junior, and then Junior having hatched, being fed, and then discovering the wide world around him/her.

We really
Jim Erekson
Dec 01, 2015 rated it liked it
So this book was all done in Photoshop, but it looks like paper cutting. It's interesting to see all the styles people are able to do well digitally without it looking computery. Sometimes the clearly computer-drawn pictures (made mostly with geometric shapes and straight lines) are fun, like J. Otto Seibold's early work. But many people like Jorey Hurley use a computer the way they might use brushes, pens, and pencils. I wonder if it took her longer this way than it would have the old fashioned ...more
Amy Forrester
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This charming non-fiction book follows a year in the lives of a family of American Robins as they build a nest, have a baby, search for food, greet the morning with a song, and finally watch their offspring build a nest of its own. The illustrations, rendered in Photoshop, use clean lines and solid, soft colors. With just one word for each two page spread, this is a great book for a baby storytime. Encourage parents to talk about what’s going on in each illustration, as well as continuing the di ...more
Mar 08, 2014 rated it liked it
"Nest" is beautifully illustrated and captures the different emotions and sensations a robin experiences when caring for their little ones. I enjoyed this until I came to the end where the author's note crams as many facts about robins that she could in one page. I've noticed this is a trend in children's picture books lately and it annoys me in many ways. I wish some of the facts about robins were incorporated into the actual story. The age group for the story and the age group for the author's ...more
Large, bright, simple art makes this book beautifully eye-catching. Children will enjoy the nearly wordless story of the cycle of a robin's life. My only quibble is the word choice; I think Hurley should have stuck with one type of word (all nouns, all adjectives, or all verbs); instead she switches around and I think this is both confusing and jarring. Still, this is an excellent book to share with young children both in groups or one-on-one, because it conveys a great amount of information. Ag ...more
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Using double page spread illustrations depicting one aspect in the life of a pair of robins, this title was a hit with me. With only one word per double page spread, children could quickly "read" this title while learning word recognition. Since the author/illustrator has training as a designer, Hurley renders her illustrations very sharp and focused on the one word text of the double page illustration. I especially liked the pictures for feast and snuggle. Hope to see more of this illustrator's ...more
Elizabeth Moreau Nicolai
Love this book. Beautiful illustrations that are rich but not too detailed/little to share with a large group. One word per page (and some really good vocabulary words) that make it easy to share with babies and toddlers. However that one word invites older children to fill in the rest of the story by themselves. It is circular (begins and ends with the same word/similar image) and thus is a lovely pairing with First the Egg by Seeger for that reason. Storytime themes: eggs, birds, spring, famil ...more
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
Robins arrive in the spring, prepare a nest, raise their young throughout the seasons in this beautifully illustrated picture book that is perfect for sharing. With only one word on each page it reads like a poem. The pictures lend themselves to adult-child conversation beyond the words.

Katie Z. / Marathon County Public Library
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Jillian Heise
I'm learning to always read the Author's Note for non-fiction picture books - there is so much more added, especially in this picture book chronicling the life cycle of the Robin from egg in a nest to adulthood and laying her own eggs in a nest. A bit of a circular story, told with only one word on each page, enhanced by the simple illustrations. Would pair well with Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?.
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Perfect book to welcome spring. Aimed at the pre-school crowd, this beautifully illustrated book chronicles the first year of a bird's (a robin) life.
Each turn of the page consists of a two-page layout with only one word. The first and last word is (you guessed it ) "nest".

The author has an impressive background. She studied art at Princeton and design at FIT. She has designed textiles, had her own line of bags AND attended three years of law school. This is her first book. Hope there are more t
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