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Our nest
Lindbergh, Reeve.
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First edition 2004.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA. : Candlewick Press, 2004.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
A rhymed view of the interrelatedness and belonging of all things and creatures in the universe, from the stars, to the sea, to a mouse, to a child.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 77423.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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With soothing language and enchanting illustrations, this gentle picture book leads children from the warm nest of their bed to the ever-expanding embrace of the world around them.

Snuggled in bed,
You're all safe and warm,
Like a bird in a nest in a tree.

A child tucked in bed, a doe curled in the grass, a boat anchored in the harbor -- everything has a nest. Even the ocean needs the earth to be its nest, while beyond, the universe holds the stars. In this tender poem, Reeve Lindbergh and Jill McElmurry use an ever-widening focus to show children the vast world beyond their beds, and all the love and comfort to be found there.

Author Notes

Reeve Lindbergh is the youngest child of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and the author of numerous books. She lives with her family near St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. A honey of a poem, artwork at once timeless and innovative, and a sweetly optimistic message distinguish this soothing bedtime book. Lindbergh opens with lines as pitch perfect as any of Margaret Wise Brown's: "Snuggled in bed, / You're all safe and warm, / Like a bird in a nest in a tree." As the lilting verses explain, relationships of many kinds can be seen as nests and things nesting. Laundry swaddles a cat and her kittens, a river makes a "watery nest" for trout, and the Earth itself rests inside the "vastness of space." This reassuring premise is bolstered by McElmurry's velvety gouache paintings, studded with precisely rendered patterns that suggest an orderly, well-designed universe. McElmurry's interest in such patterns was also evident in Mad about Plaid 0 (2000) , 0 but the comic, retro sensibility she displayed in that book gives way to something entirely new here--a kind of folk-art simplicity electrified with sunset pinks, emerald greens, royal blues and purples. From a circular vignette of a doe protectively curled around her fawn to a pyschedelic double-page depiction of outer space, McElmurry invests each of the ever-widening frames of reference with vibrancy and charm. What children will like best, though, is the return to the cocoon of home, where the final metaphorical "nest" awaits: mother's encircling arms. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Snuggled in bed,/ You're all safe and warm,/ Like a bird in a nest in a tree." But nests-even figurative ones-aren't the exclusive domains of animals, as Lindbergh (My Hippie Grandmother) explains in this poignant lullaby. McElmurry's (Mad About Plaid) detailed, gouache murals and rounded images framed in generous white space offer a kind of visual security blanket, as readers leave the confines of the bedroom and backyard. The text prompts them to think about how a valley acts as a nest for a river, a harbor as a nest for ships, the land as a nest for the ocean, and space as a nest for the planets and stars. "We're here in the nest of creation/ With the earth and the stars up above," Lindbergh writes, and by this point it's a metaphysical leap most youngsters will be ready to make. Even so, the author reassures them by bringing her poem back to the immediate and particular in the final lines: "You're here safe and warm,/ in the nest of my arms,/ When I wrap them around you with love." Author and illustrator synchronize the images on every page; McElmurry's curvilinear shapes, saturated colors and streamlined characterizations-stylings that recall early 1960s graphic design-echo the lilt of the text, and seamlessly link one painting to the next as Lindbergh's verse casts an ever-wider net. Ages 3-6. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This cozy rhyming story makes a complete circle as it looks at different types of "nests" in nature. It opens with a young boy at bedtime, then moves out into the world to describe how a mouse nestles in an old garden glove, a chipmunk sleeps in a brush pile, fish rest in brooks and oceans, boats find safety in the harbor, and space makes a nest for the stars and planets. The focus returns to the boy's bedroom where his mother gives him a goodnight kiss. On one level, the book describes how all things in nature are interconnected ("All things together are in the same nest-/-We're here in the nest of creation"); on another, it celebrates a mother's love for her child ("And you're here, safe and warm,/In the nest of my arms,/When I wrap them around you with love"). Done in a folk-art style, the charming gouache illustrations reflect the contemplative mood. This short piece makes a nice choice for a Mother's Day storytime, or it can be combined with Mary Ann Hoberman's A House Is a House for Me (Viking, 1978) or Megan McDonald's Is This a House for Hermit Crab? (Orchard, 1990) for a fun look at different homes.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.