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The Perfect Nest

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,496 ratings  ·  178 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 ( Great ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 13th 2007 by Candlewick Press (first published 2007)
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Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
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.

Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Read because I am trying to track down the author's memoir of farm life and want to know how hard to look. This is great fun, so I will look hard for all her other works. The illustrations are a perfect fit... I especially like it when Jack (view spoiler)cries "Wolf, wolf!"... and I would like to see more of Manders' work.

Sorry for spoilers ahead - but some ppl need to be warned of some things before they buy a book or share it with their chi
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pb
Fun to re-read this as part of World Read Aloud Day 2015!
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of my new favorite picture books - fun to read aloud with the different voices. Plus, Amelia loves chickens right now, after meeting the Beck chickens.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The perfect nest
Rece smith 3-4-17

A lonely cat goes out to find food and builds a “perfect nest “ to attract birds to lay eggs in the nest . Although he gets what he wants at first , but towards the end he ends up getting something that he can never replace , love .

WARNING : Spoilers and Discussions of Essential plot elements follow .

Exposition : The cat , Jack , builds the “ perfect nest “ to draw the attention of a bird to lay an egg . Throughout the story three birds end up fighting over t
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
It' s the perfect read-aloud with voices!

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 ( Great balls of fire ). Feathers get ruffled -- and Jack gets much more than breakfast -- in a funny tale with a sweet f
Olivia S
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty cute. A cat builds a nest to lure a chicken to lay an egg he can eat for breakfast, and when a chicken, a duck, and a goose each lay an egg in it he thinks it's his lucky day. The eggs hatch before he can eat them, however, and he ends up snuggling the babies instead of eating eggs. Cute pictures with funny details. ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A funny book about a cat who wants to build a nest to attract a chicken so he can have an egg for an omelette. A chicken, a goose, and a duck all fight over the nest, and each lay an egg. The cat doesn't get to make an omelette though because all three eggs hatch and the cat ends up becoming their caretaker.
Diana C. Kobylak
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This cute story tells the story of chicken, duck, and goose babies hatching and taking on the languages of their mommas, whom the cat inadvertently chased off. He wanted to eat the eggs. Instead he is now in charge of caring for the hatchlings.
A perfect group read aloud! Lots of different voices to do, bright, vivid illustrations, and both the font and the book are big enough for the reader and the kids to see well. The story is also amusing and fun.
Pam L.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book would pair well with mother Bruce by Ryan T Higgins!
Kaitlin Kline
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my new favorite book. That is all.
Danielle Mootz
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We loved this sweet story.
Tracy Morton
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I wasn't crazy about this book. There is a lot of opportunity to use your voice in different ways if that's your thing. ...more
Laura Molinario
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Picture Book
Gwen Marie
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: preschool
Hilariously cute story - Fun dialogue and plot. Very engaging - great for making predictions
Emma Pruett
Fun book to real aloud with different voices.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Adorable. I will be reading this to Kindergarten this year!
Library Lady Terri
Would be a good pair with a Henny Penny read for the trickster aspect.
Amanda Whitaker
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was laughing the whole way through the book. A cat named Jack loves omelets, and he delivers the perfect set up for acquiring eggs for his breakfast. There is just one problem. The nest is too perfect, and he can't get the birds to leave. The twist at the end will warm your heart. You may start a farm after reading this great picture book.

While you are reading the book, use the appropriate accent. It makes the book come alive, and your children will want to read it again and again.
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Amy Forrester
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nathaniel Chattic
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pb-same-artist
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
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The Perfect Nest" by Catherine Friend and illustrated by John Manders is the PERFECT read aloud book for young audiences! Jack the cat builds a "perfect" nest to attract a chicken who will lay eggs to feed his omelet passion. A Hispanic chicken does come along, but she is soon joined by a French duck, and a Southern goose - all who lay an egg, but soon grow tired of the too crowded nest and leave to find another. Just as Jack the cat is about to devour their eggs, one and then another and anoth ...more
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Kayla Buchan
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
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
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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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

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