Saturday 19 May 2012

Our Nest is Best

Our Nest is Best! Our Nest is Best! by Penny Olsen with Penny O'Hara (National Library of Australia)
HB RRP $12.95
ISBN 9780642277374
Reviewed by Vicki Stanton

In board book format suitable for the youngest of readers, Our Nest is Best! is a beautiful and unique way to introduce children to the different nests birds build. Our Nest is Best! follows Rocky and Ruby, a pair of robins, as they discover the type of nest that is best for them. They visit the nests of their friends: magpies, owls, fairy-wrens, swallows, emu, kookaburras, reed-warblers, and grebes.

The birds visited and their nests cover a wide range of environments and different styles of nests. However, Rocky and Ruby find that, for one reason or another, those nests do not suit them. They decide that they'll have make one their own way. in the most understated of ways this demonstrates to children that merely copying others is not the best way; your own home should be a reflection of you and your needs.

Our Nest is Best! sources its illustrations from the National Library's own collection. How wonderful that even the very youngest of Australians can peek into our national treasures.

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