Wednesday, February 20, 2019
NOT YOUR NEST! Written by Gideon Sterer and illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi. Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin Random House. 2019. $23.99 ages 4 and up
This is not your nest.
You can build another.
I guess I could ...
This is my new nest."
It is evident from the beginning that this tiny yellow bird is industrious, determined, and looking for a place of her own. The animals of the savanna that play a role in the lighthearted comedy that is about to be read have their eyes on the action as she looks to be settling down.
She has spent time and effort to design, plan and carry out the difficult work that has resulted in a new home. Adding the final piece leads to an unnerving and rather annoying discovery. A much bigger bird with a pretty self-serving attitude sends the tiny bird on her way to building a new nest.
And so, it goes. With each new, completed nest, the bird makes the alarming discovery that someone else has usurped her space. A fennec fox, a warthog, a gorilla ... the list goes on. Each time the bird grows more weary and more miffed. At the end of her patience, she finds a friend to help with her plight!
Out they go! Feeling contrite, the animal interlopers decide to help with a new nest, and build it at the top of the acacia tree. It's much too big, and the bird is left feeling alone in a new home that is much too big for her. Hmm??? How to solve that problem?
The illustrated animals are a delight, offering expressions that will capture attention and prompt discussion among readers. The speech bubbles allow for sharing the reading as little ones giggle and guffaw their way through the constant drama experienced by one small yellow bird.
This is a fun interview with the author and illustrator themselves.