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This Is the Nest That Robin Built

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  453 ratings  ·  104 reviews
A robin’s animal friends help build her nest in this cumulative collage picture book.

Robin is building a nest, and her friends are ready to help! The squirrel trims the twigs. The dog brings the string. The horse shares his straw. And then a surprise gatefold spread reveals how Robin knits them all together to make a safe and cozy home for her babies.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Beach Lane Books (first published 2018)
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La Coccinelle
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
While I appreciate the work that went into these illustrations, I can't say that I find them aesthetically pleasing (although I did like all the ladybugs). The text simply follows the pattern of the rhyme, "This Is the House That Jack Built"... except it's about a bird instead of a person. All the animals help out in their own way, whether it's nibbling twigs or mixing the mud, and provide the robin with all the materials she needs for her nest.

I can't really fault the story; it's simple and it
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Cumulative Tales / Young Bird-Lovers
Author/illustrator Denise Fleming uses the classic British nursery rhyme and cumulative tale, "This Is the House That Jack Built," as the basis of her new picture-book about a robin building a nest. Each of the robin's animal friends provide some of the material for the nest, from the mud mixed by the pig to the straw shared by the house, and the robin provides the labor, the eggs, and the chick-rearing...

An enjoyable book, one which, with its cumulative structure and syncopated rhymes, just beg
Gary Anderson
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Denise Fleming’s This Is the Nest That Robin Built is a playful picture book that will enthrall young readers already familiar with Fleming’s many other books or the Eric Carle classics. The narrative involves various animals making unconscious contributions to a robin’s nest. Each colorful page spread builds upon the previous pages, repeating the prior text and adding new details. Fleming chooses vivid verbs (“cushions,” “anchor,” “plasters”) and adjectives (“soupy,” “brittle,” “rumpled”) that ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
A creative take on "The House That Jack Built" where each animal contributes material to helps Robin make a nest. If I use it for story time, I would make it an interactive story: each child gets a picture of a material used by Robin to the bird nest and then the child holds up the picture every time their material is mentioned in the story. ...more
Kate Sumner
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, animals
The book, This Is the Nest That Robin Built, was written and illustrated by Denise Fleming. To illustrate the book, Denise used printmaking techniques combined with collage. What I found really cool was that the book provides a site to learn how she created her book and to create similar looking crafts and activities! Beneficial for teachers to use and combine with their classroom. This book is, self-explanatory, about Robin building her nest, with the help of her friends! Before reading the boo ...more
Great "House that Jack Built" poem, fun and playful and as always Fleming's illustrations are stunning. ...more
The Library Lady
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another lovely book from one of the Too Good To Win A Caldecott Club. I like the way she uses the "House that Jack Built" style, with the other animals helping Robin to build her nest. The text doesn't rhyme, and that's a good thing, because instead it has a good reading rhythm, which matters more.
The animals are as sweet as any Fleming has ever done, and I like the little ladybug appearing in each picture for the children to find, a motif she has used in a number of her books. And Robin isn't a
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book tells the story of how a robin's nest was built by many animals through the passing of time. The text is cumbersome and gets to be too much of a mouthful. The story quickly gets overwhelming, and I can see many children losing patience/interest. The ending is underwhelming, as a baby robin flies away with only a "bye!" The book earns an extra star for the illustrations, which are mostly quite lovely, but can also be a tad overwhelming with all of the different textures coming together ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pbf-birds
This is Denise Fleming at her best. This is another beautiful book with her signature and famous collage artwork. This book shows the building of the nest, piece by piece, the eggs, the nestlings, and the flight from the nest. It is an excellent science book for very young ones.
Kristin Guay
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Have you ever seen one of those books where you are immediately drawn to the cover? Maybe it is the colors used, the type of illustration, the font of the title, or even the shape of the book – this is one of those books. Denise Fleming’s beautiful picture book This is the Nest That Robin Built is reminiscent of similar rhyming stories such as This is the House That Jack Built or even the Halloween take off The House That Drac Built. In this story, Robin is building her nest with help from other ...more
Sandy Brehl
This latest Denise Fleming picture book is a sure-fire classic. Her densely-layered, mixed-media-print-collage illustrations depict nature perfectly and intrigue kids as thoroughly as the subject matter does. What kid hasn't had a chance to examine a robin nest up closely? None, I hope, but whether they have or not, this book will be a winner. The narration is a variation of "This is the house that jack built", so it provides plenty of repetitive patterning, sequencing, and genuine construction ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
This is the Nest that Robin Built by Denise Fleming. PICTURE BOOK Beach Lane Books (Simon and Schuster), 2018. $18. 9781481430838



In the same style as This is the House that Jack Built, the reader is taken through the steps a robin takes in building her nest. Different animals play a role in providing the supplies for a well-made nest, including straw from the horse barn and mud from the pig pen. When the robin is done with her nest,
A springtime take on the nursery rhyme, "The House That Jack Built," this picture book features a robin building her nest with the help of a series of animals. Denise Fleming's collage style illustrations are beautiful, perfectly capturing the shapes and textures of each animal depicted. I especially love the double-page spread with the newly hatched baby robins with the little wisps of feathers. I also like some of the word choice Fleming uses - her poem is rich with descriptive adjectives and ...more
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: storybook, 2020
This one is between two and three stars for me.

The story line is OK, and I tried not to let it bother me too much that that is not how robins make nests. I did enjoy the teamwork despite the inaccuracies. I also appreciated that Fleming recognized that it is, in fact, the female robins who build their own nests. But in this case, she didn't really build her own nest; others all did it with her, which, for me, takes away a bit from the female protagonist of it. And, robin herself only makes a ve
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The tips of tulips are poking up through the soil. Some days there is a hint of warmth in the wind. The next day snow covers everything before noon but vanishes within several hours. There are new notes in the birdsong. The robins are here.

Ever since 1931 the American robin has been the state bird of Michigan. Their presence after winter, rather than the calendar, is a sure sign spring is arriving. This Is the NEST That ROBIN Built (with a little help from her friends) (Beach Lane Books, an impr
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This picture book offers a riff on the “House That Jack Built” story by featuring a robin builiding a nest with help from a variety of other animals. Squirrel trims the twigs, dog provides the string, horse shares his straw and so on. Eventually the nest is built and lined with soft items and then the eggs are laid. The story continues all the way through hatching and ends as the little robins are taking their first flight.

The traditional structure of the story works well here and Fleming offers
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: preschool-k
Good intro to connection of animals and their activities. The story structure is like This is the House that Jack Built, with each animal introduced in the first sentence in capital letters. Excellent vocabulary to share and discuss -- cushion, bind, soupy, anchor, brittle, nestlings. The book is better for one-on-one or small group sharing in order to look at the illustrations closeup. Children will enjoy finding the ladybugs on every spread after the dedication page. Fleming created her usual ...more
Stephanie Bange
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Denise Fleming has given us a beautiful book to read in Spring or any time of year...

Using the same form as "The House That Jack Built", Fleming scaffolds a story of all the things that go into building a robin's nest. The text is smooth throughout, with great adjectives for each item listed. Great predictability. I like the way she turns it around at the end by reversing the order of items on the very last list.

Illustrations were created using print-making techniques combined with collage. The
Structured like "this is the house that Jack built," this is the story of how a robin builds her nest out of various materials contributed (not factually accurate) by other creatures. The illustrations are a combination of collage and print-making techniques - bright, choppy, messy. Other reviews suggest you either love 'em or hate 'em (I love them). Will probably not work well for storytime/read-alouds, because the text doesn't flow that well, and as the nest and its contents grow, it becomes a ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charming book! I think it will do well for a story time reading. Great spin off the House that Jack Built cumulative story; it really works well! Loved the illustrations! I had to look up Denise Flemings website to learn about gelatin plates for print making.... A whole new art to explore; so exciting! I bet making prints would make a good activity for story time, too. Littles can use rubber stampers, but olders can make their own, or try gelatin plated. Great book (like all the others by Flemin ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
A fun, interactive story that fans of animals will enjoy reading. Great for spring time, young readers will enjoy seeing how Robin, and each of her friends help her make her nest. Each friend has something unique to offer her; from the mud that holds the nest together, to the twigs and various other things she needs. This story is reminiscent of Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See in both the repetitive story telling, and illustrations. This book is a great addition to elementary school class ...more
Carol  V
This Is the Nest That Robin Built - A well-thought nature book that covers a lot of ground for an early science learner and enthusiast! Fleming explains the process of robin building a bird's nest all the way through to the little fledglings leaving the nest. This is an excellent educational tool! The use of collage & print-making techniques makes this an appealing picture book. See which friends in nature help Robin build her nest. It's up to the reader to determine how & why they are helpers! ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love "The House that Jack Built" type stories to read to my Kindergarten as they are so enamored. I was not disappointed! This is a lovely book from a well-known and well-loved Author/Illustrator in our collection. I admit some of the language chosen startled me on the first read. It took me a minute to get the rhythm in order to read it aloud, but I suspect students did not notice.

The illustrations have so much texture and appeal and had enough of the vibrant color that my students will easi
Christine Turner
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: birds
A robin's animal friends help build her nest in this cumulative collage picture book from Caldecott Honor recipient Denise Fleming.

Robin is building a nest, and her friends are ready to help! The squirrel trims the twigs. The dog brings the string. The horse shares his straw. And then a surprise gatefold spread reveals how Robin knits them all together to make a safe and cozy home for her babies.

Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great book to read with children and talk about teamwork and how in a team everyone has a job, especially if you are putting your child in school , or in a sport it shows how the robin and all the animals worked as a team to get the job of building a beautiful nest built I work in a daycare and had interesting conversations with 4 yr colds about why the nest had so many animals building it and why team work is important I loved this book and my stuydent's did to 5 Stars! ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This picture book has the same sequence of storytelling as the classic cumulative song, "This is the House that Jack Built" but it features animals that contributed to hatching fledglings in a robin's nest. Fleming's painted paper collages might seem ideal for a book about compiling a nest but their patchiness and overlapping hues complicate natural lighting. Nonetheless, kindergarten teachers may may find this appropriate for teaching STEM. ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Following along the lines of the classic, House that Jack Built, this is the tale of Robin as she builds her nest with the help of her animal friends. Gorgeous collage like illustrations provide readers with plenty to see, and fun rhyming text make this a perfect tongue-twisting read aloud that will be enjoyed by ages two to eight. The perfect book to introduce Spring.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
The gentle rhythmic cadence reminiscent of this is the House that Jack Built, shares how many animals contribute to the creation of a robin's nest- a great science lesson.

Amazing pictures by the author (as always) shows nature at their finest. Ask children to watch/locate the ladybug(s) on each page.
Beautiful words happen in this new cumulative tale: "wrapped with string/long and strong", covered with straw,/rough and tough", a surprise fold-out and fabulous collage and print-made illustrations. It's a book for celebrating spring every single year! Denise Fleming even offers to teach about some of her print-making techniques on her website, ...more
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anything by Denise Fleming is a treat but I think she surpasses herself with this wonderful twist on the nursery rhyme The House that Jack Built. Not only is this fun to read aloud it is a nice lesson on how robins do build their nests.

Both the illustrations and the text are vibrant and I love the use of so many colorful active words. Perfect for story hour and classroom read alouds.
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Denise Fleming has written and illustrated many children’s picture books, including In the Tall, Tall Grass, Shout! Shout It Out!, and Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy. She won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. Denise creates her colorful illustrations by pouring colored paper pulp through hand-cut stencils. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.

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