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Robin's home
Atkins, Jeannine, 1953-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Robin learns how to fly and build a nest. Includes information on the life cycle of robins.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 48109.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A robin learns to fly Life is good for Robin. He likes to watch his brother and sister fly. Whenever he's hungry, his mother or father brings food. Whenever he's sleepy, he snuggles in a nest that fits as perfectly as a hug. Why should he leave home? And by flying, which seems so scary! But as Mama and Papa tell Robin about the ways of his kind -- about finding the nest site, gathering grass and moss, carrying the mud, and molding the nest -- Robin knows that he has to try. Jeannine Atkins's simple story about the first few weeks of a robin's life suggests that although growing up is natural, some of us need more encouragement than others. Candace Whitman's torn-paper watercolor collages capture the gentle beauty of spring and all the charm of a robin family.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. Most striking in this delightful book are the torn-paper and watercolor collages depicting nest and grass and sky, which have a childlike quality that will draw little ones into Robin's world. Robin has the perfect setup: parents who feed him and a nest that fits "as perfectly as a hug." He wants nothing more than to stay in the nest, and he asks his parents, over and over, how the nest was built. Robin never tires of hearing how children helped by hanging bright yarn on a tree branch. Robin's parents gently prod him to learn to fly. Finally, knowing that his parents will be right behind him, Robin embarks on a shaky first flight. Every day, thereafter, Robin goes a little faster and a little higher; the satisfying ending has Robin realizing that "now the whole sky was home." --Connie Fletcher

Publisher's Weekly Review

Part story, part informational text, this amiable picture book details a day in the life of a robin family. Baby Robin is perfectly content in his "nest that fit as perfectly as a hug." As he snuggles in the nest, he asks his parents to tell him about how they built it, allowing the author to introduce information about robin behavior as part of the narrative. When Robin finally gathers his courage and takes his first leap into the wide world, he discovers that "the whole sky [is his] home." An appendix adds information useful for parents or teachers in explaining robin behavior to children. Whitman's torn-paper and watercolor collages, though not as dramatic or subtly colored here as in her deft illustrations for The Night Is Like an Animal, provide a low-key match for Atkins's (Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon) uncomplicated text. Although the uniformity of the illustrations allows little individuality or expression among the characters, their simplicity resembles the kind of carefully rendered crayon drawings found on a kindergarten bulletin board. The pacing of text with artwork is uneven, leaving some pages with one sentence and others with paragraphs, but Atkins's story may well reassure youngsters that they, too, will be able to strike out on their own one day. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-This gentle picture book presents a nice combination of story and information. Robin is the last baby still in the nest; his brother and sister have already fledged and fly nearby, alternately taunting and encouraging him to join them. He is happy where he is, however, "-snuggled in the nest that fit as perfectly as a hug." Stalling for time, he repeatedly asks his parents to tell him the story of how they built the nest. Eventually, the truth comes out: Robin is afraid that he won't be able to fly. Mama and Papa lovingly encourage him to be brave, and he finally takes to the air. An endnote provides more facts about robins, including ways that people can make it easier for them to build their nests. The writing is clear and accessible. The appealing, torn-paper, watercolor collage illustrations have a soft, fuzzy look and serve to evoke a mood rather than verify information. This story, which has the same theme as Charlotte Pomerantz's Flap Your Wings and Try (Greenwillow, 1989; o.p.), may connect meaningfully with youngsters who struggle to move from the comfortable to the unfamiliar.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.