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The Nest That Wren Built

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Nature lovers and poetry fans alike will be drawn to this lyrical picture book depicting how Carolina wrens build a nest for their young.

This is the bark, snippets of twine,
spidery rootlets, and needles of pine
that shape the nest that Wren built.

In the rhyming style of "The House That Jack Built," this poem about the care and specificity that Carolina wrens put into build
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Candlewick Press

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Abby Johnson
This beautiful, detailed picture book uses great vocabulary and the rhythmic cadence of The House That Jack Built (but it's not cumulative, so it doesn't get super long and wordy) to show a family of wrens building a nest, laying eggs, and raising chicks. I appreciate the amount of detail that's involved in showing the different types of materials the wrens use for their nest. This is a fabulous nature picture book, great for teaching about birds. ...more
Jodi
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this beautiful book!!! 💗
Shaye Miller
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this gorgeous poetic nonfiction picture book we confront the familiar rhyming text (in the manner of The House That Jack Built) which concludes each page with “…the nest that Wren built.” This book is an outstanding addition to either the study of birds/Wrens or of life cycles, and will be especially perfect for spring time. The back matter finishes the book with an illustrated glossary followed by a page full of Wren Facts. The soft, detailed illustrations in this book were done in ink and c ...more
J.L. Slipak
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous Illustrations; Informative, Whimsy
Nature lovers and poetry fans alike will be drawn to this lyrical picture book depicting how Carolina wrens build a nest for their young.

This is the bark, snippets of twine,
spidery rootlets, and needles of pine
that shape the nest that Wren built.

In the rhyming style of “The House That Jack Built,” this poem about the care and specificity that Carolina wrens put into building a nest is at once tender and true to life. Papa and Mama Wren gather treasures
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Joy Wieder
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A familiar rhyme with an ornithological twist!

A soothing and beautiful book in both words and pictures. The Nest that Wren Built is a lyrical journey of how Carolina Wrens build their nests and nourish their fledglings until they are ready to fly on their own, based on the familiar nursery rhyme, The House that Jack Built. Sonenshine’s poetry is lyrical and evocative and perfectly expresses the care and particulars of wrens building a nest – from the soft moss lining the nest to the snakeskin de
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Jolene Gutiérrez
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous cumulative text in the style of "The House that Jack Built," this picture book allows us to accompany the mama and papa wrens as they craft their lovely nest. Readers will delight in learning all of the nest "ingredients" and will be fascinated by the lovely illustrations. A must-have for all nature lovers, this book belongs in homes, libraries, and classrooms. ...more
Maria Marshall
Modifying the structure of the familiar rhyme THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT, in a way more akin to Susanna Leonard Hill's THE ROAD THAT TRUCKS BUILT (i.e. not entirely cumulative), Randi Sonenshine merely repeats the line - "the nest that Wren built" - in each rhyming stanza. Fun facts and enchanting phrases ("softer than suede," "persnickety burr," & "scrawny and thin") accompany gorgeous, earth-toned illustrations of wrens building a nest and raising their young. It's a book that will be enjoyed o ...more
Sandy Brehl
This is much more than just another twist on THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. The nest-making process for wrens is described in lilting, lyrical text, with image-rich words and illustrated with natural and neutral media that encourage careful observation.
Elizabeth Bedia
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This gorgeous lyrical story about the industrious and ingenious Carolina wrens will enchant readers of every age. Carolina wrens are extremely resourceful when creating their nests. They go to great lengths and awe-inspiring care to provide a loving home to their young. Hunter’s warm and tender illustrations compliment Sonenshine’s deft and poetic words that dance across the pages in rhyme reminiscent of The House that Jack Built. Themes of kindness, resourcefulness, and love of family are prese ...more
Rashmi Bismark
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, what a treasure, especially for these Spring days! This is a gentle, lyrical story inspired by "The House that Jack Built" that beautifully shares the story of a Wren family. The illustrations are soft and tender and lovingly show these birds in relationship with their environment. We found this to be a creative and engaging way to explore a nonfiction topic. My children especially appreciated the extra facts at the end of the book. Thank you, Ms. Sonenshine. ...more
Candace
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I adore both the lyrical, rhyming text by author Randi Sonenshine and the gorgeous illustrations by Anne Hunter! Perfect together. Really enjoyed the glossary and fun wren facts at the end of this beautiful book. Everyone will delight in THE NEST THAT WREN BUILT!
Lynn
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Don't overlook this quiet book in its brown and cream tones! it is truly outstanding and like its small subject, full of surprises and energy.

Sonenshine's poetic text is in the style of The House That Jack Built and it is a real pleasure to read aloud with a pleasing cadence, wonderful word choices and rhymes that flow naturally with nothing forced. The story is of two Carolina Wrens who build a nest and raise a family and I was so impressed with the amount of information that was incorporated
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Olivia
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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THE NEST THAT WREN BUILT is a lovely journey through the process of building a nest to hatchlings who leave the nest. The book uses poetic language to describe the many steps along the way from twigs to spider egg sacks to snakeskin to tufts of rabbits fur and beyond. The book takes on an educational element in describing the things included in the nest as well as the reasons for their inclusion. The end of the book includes intere
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Amy Nielander
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is beautiful storytelling from beginning to end! Each page nests lyrical words and gentle illustrations. The reader can follow the journey of two wrens, Papa and Mama, as they work diligently to gather materials for their nest. I loved learning about the different items these birds use to build their home with, from rabbit fur tufts to snake skin. The “Wren Facts” included at the end of the book are a fun edition. The construction process is so fascinating, kids will enjoy reading this stor ...more
Edward Sullivan
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature, picture-books
Carolina wrens build a nest in a rhyming narrative in the style of "The House That Jack Built." ...more
Norene Paulson
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sonenshine's lyrical, descriptive narrative paired with Hunter's earthy-toned, gorgeous illustrations combine seamlessly to create in readers a newfound appreciation for wrens and their nest-building rituals and skills. From twigs to bark to leaves and moss, it's as if the reader is building the nest step-by-step beside the wrens. As the eggs hatch and the fledglings grow, the themes of home and family resonate across the pages. Don't skip the back matter. It includes an informative glossary as ...more
Kristen Schroeder
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
We already know from the title what this book will be about, and as the story unfolds, the wren couple builds their nest piece-by-interesting-piece. This is further supplemented by enlightening back matter. I found it fascinating and children will too. The rhyming cumulative text is stunning and makes this a great read-aloud for younger children who will want parents to read it over and over again. The detailed illustrations suit the subject matter and story perfectly, encouraging children to po ...more
Becca
The gentle illustrations and poetical writing of this book (in the style of "This Is the House that Jack Built" without the lengthy cumulative wordiness) invite nature lovers to examine the nesting habits of the Carolina wren. Tender details are included in both text and picture. Back matter gives more fascinating information about the habits of Carolina wrens. ...more
Tina Mowrey
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I adore this book! Gorgeous language and seamless rhythm carries the reader through the story. Learning about the wrens’ nest building practices is made easy and enjoyable with masterful illustrations. I highly recommend this beauty of a book for all nature lovers, teachers, and lovers of language!
Linda
In a cumulative tale, the author, and here in a picture book, the illustrator, must repeat and repeat. This time, in Randi Sonenshine's spring story, clever and subtle changes in that same rhyme swing us readers through the story wonderfully. Papa Wren begins the construction with "These are the twigs, dried in the sun,/that Papa collected one by one/to cradle the nest that Wren built." I admire Randi's ability to keep that favorite rhyme, yet build the nest part by part, just as wrens out in o ...more
Nanette Heffernan
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Deserves every star it’s earned and maybe a few more! This is a stellar example of how non-fiction should engage the reader. Sonenshine’s lyrical prose has a wonderful beat that takes the reader from the first twig to the baby birds leaving The Nest That Wren Built. Absolutely brilliant. Oh, and there’s a little treasure hidden on each page. Can you find it?
Becky
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A beautiful story of how a wren builds a nest - all told in the wonderful way of "This is the house that Jack built." The illustrations are life-like and splendid. It's a fun new take on an old traditional tale. ...more
Rachel
Built off the house that jack built poem, the poems are spot on and the information is good, such rich detailed illustrations.
Charlotte Sherman
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Who knew that reading about Carolina wrens could be such a treat? Randi Sonenshine, that's who. I love everything about this book, the soft illustrations with their muted palette, the absolutely divine lyrical text, even the back matter pulled me in! Fascinating details about the construction of the nest such as the use of snakeskin as a charm for protection, and spider sacs and fur plucked from a persnickety burr, all add to the delight of this reading experience. Can't recommend The Nest That ...more
Tracie
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Details Carolina Wrens building their nest and raising young to the familiar lilting rhyme of "This is the House That Jack Built". ...more
Pam
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Told in the House that Jack Built style. Sonenshine takes readers through the steps to build a wren nest through the babies flying away. The detailed illustrations show readers exactly what the nest and surrounding forest look like.
Informative text at the end of the book.
Tasha
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This gorgeous picture book introduces the art and skill of building a wren nest. Told in a folktale style, the book follows a Wren building her nest in a tree. Papa wren brings sticks, then twine, pine needles and small roots are added. A spider sac will help with keeping the mites eaten and a snakeskin wards off predators. Soft moss is gathered from the shade as well as feathers, petals and thread to make a soft bed. In this beautiful nest, eggs are laid and soon hatch, emerge onto branches, an ...more
Diane
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nature lovers will enjoy this sweet springtime book about Carolina wrens. A mama and papa wren prepare a nest for the newborn hatchlings about to arrive. Papa hunts for food for the newborn once the hatchlings arrive so that they are strong enough to fledge in just 14 days after their birth.



Although this book uses some words that might be unfamiliar to a PRE-K-7 year old: rootling, fledgling, burr, spider sac and more, there is a nice glossary at the end of the book with some fun facts about wr
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Janet
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This title is the author’s picture book debut title. Written in rhyming text the process of a wren building a nest is well described. This picture book even has a glossary where the meanings of hatchling, nestling, and fledgling are succinctly defined. The best part of the title is the lush illustrations done in subdued shades of green and brown with most of the page backgrounds in a beautiful deep cream color just like the breast of a Carolina wren. This would make a beautiful Caldecott award t ...more
Marathon County Public Library
In imitation of the classic poem “The House That Jack Built,” this book’s text begins: “These are the twigs, dried in the sun,/that papa collected one by one/to cradle the nest that Wren built.” The rhythmic tone continues in the text while on each page a different natural scene unfolds. More and more elements are added to the nest—even a snakeskin and rabbit’s fur—and the parent wrens watch over their growing brood.

The endnotes include a glossary and Wren facts. This is a perfect book for youn
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Randi Sonenshine is a middle-school literacy coach and writer. The Nest That Wren Built is her first picture book. She lives in northwest Georgia with her family.

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