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With rhyming text, this soothing bedtime book is an ode to baby birds everywhere and sleepy children home safe in their own beds. As a mother describes to her child how many species of birds nest, from pigeons on concrete ledges to owls in oak tree boles to swallows above barn doors. The soothing refrain of “you nest here with me” eases her little one and readers alike toWith rhyming text, this soothing bedtime book is an ode to baby birds everywhere and sleepy children home safe in their own beds. As a mother describes to her child how many species of birds nest, from pigeons on concrete ledges to owls in oak tree boles to swallows above barn doors. The soothing refrain of “you nest here with me” eases her little one and readers alike to slumber. Combining their poetic writing and their love of birding, mother and daughter Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple have written what is sure to become a bedtime classic....

Title : You Nest Here with Me
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ISBN : 9781590789230
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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You Nest Here with Me Reviews

  • Terri Lynn
    2019-02-02 23:01

    This is a lovely children's picture book, just like I always expect from Jane Yolen. It starts in a cozy house as a mom is putting her little girl to bed, telling her that she is the mom's little nestling. The child has a copy of this book and Mom reads it to her as they look outside at the quiet of the night. Each page shows a different type of mom bird from terns to eagles and shows the birds, their babies, and the kind of nest they have. A section at the back shows each bird with more info. This would be nice for homeschoolers and early grades teachers. The art is pretty. Even I felt safe, warm, and comforted reading this.

  • Adrienne Furness
    2019-01-23 16:19

    "Grackles nest in high fir trees,/Terns all nest in colonies/Upon high cliffs, above rough seas,/But you nest here with me." The language here is specific and surprising even while it maintains the rhyme and rhythm of a good bedtime book. Sweet is both playful and restrained, giving us all the particular birds in their environments. I love that surprising flash of photograph incorporated into the CIP page at the end. (I also love this trend of putting the CIP page at the end of picture books, by the way. Why have we not always been doing this?) Sweet explores blue here, too, giving us lots of appropriate, calming shades. I'd be buying multiple copies for my library collection.

  • Julie
    2019-02-10 23:14

    Beautifully illustrated by Melissa Sweet, the book compares the "nesting child" at home with her mother with various types of birds who nest, and their habitats - owls, grackles, plovers, catbirds, swallows, and cowbirds, just to name a few. My favorite part was turning each page to see how each illustration uniquely captured the cityscapes, forests, farms, sandy shores, cliffs, and meadows the different birds inhabit, with a wonderful use of expression and color. Includes an informative author's note at the end, with details about each species including diet, location, identification, and other interesting features.

  • Donalyn
    2019-02-07 15:58

    Wonderful poetic text and bright, engaging illustrations. Don't miss additional information about each bird in the back matter.

  • Erin Buhr
    2019-02-01 00:10

    Part non-fiction book about birds, part pure poetry, You Nest Here With Me is lovely. So many things went right with this story. Good information. Birds do not just nest in trees. Some nest on telephone poles, others on cliffs. Simple, factual information about the nesting habits of 14 different kinds of birds is included on these brief pages. Additional information is also included in the back. Beautiful language. Jane Yolen and her daughter, Heidi, have woven interesting nesting facts into a bedtime story that soothes the mind and dances on the tongue. Nestled among the lines is the refrain "you nest here with me" as a mother calms her daughter down for bed. Dreamlike illustrations. Every picture book needs the perfect pictures to match the words. Melissa Sweet graces the pages with her trademark watercolor, gouache, and mixed media artwork that encourages you to slow down and see the words. A bedtime book to love.

  • Cathryn Wellner
    2019-01-30 18:04

    For anyone who believes the rhetoric that rhyming books simply will not be chosen by a publishing house, You Nest Here With Me provides a sweet, effective model of why rhymes work with the young. In my years as a children's librarian, I found poetry a swift connection to young hearts. And Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple know how to follow a sure path to success.With Melissa Sweet's charming illustrations, they have created a book that answers the age-old angst about whether or not we are worthy of love and can find safety in the world. The rhyming adds to the reassurance, as does the repetition. Altogether a delightful book.

  • Katherine Cowley
    2019-02-18 17:15

    This is my kind of picture book. It uses actual science (all about different birds' nests) in a fun fiction form, that doesn't feel forced in trying to teach you things but opens up your child's mind to nature, life, and observation. Also, there's a few pages at the end where you can learn more about all the birds in the book. Also, poetry. I liked the book a tad more than my children did, but it still was a win.

  • Katie Logonauts
    2019-02-10 22:01

    This precious poetry book is one that I fell in love with immediately. The soothing and rhythmic rhymes are perfectly complemented by the endearing collage and mixed media style of Melissa Sweet. Different birds and their nests are introduced, and the mother reassures her daughter through the repeating refrain of "You nest here with me."

  • Desiree
    2019-02-06 19:11

    You Nest Here with Me explores the nesting habits of different birds. I like how the author uses their knowledge of bird habitat to create wonderful rhyming patterns in the text. Wonderful illustrations and an overall cozy read.

  • Meredith
    2019-01-28 16:16

    Fantastic. This picture book has great rhymes, great pictures (Melissa Sweet is the best), and is super informative. I learned a lot about a lot of different birds! I can't wait to share this one.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-02-09 19:52

    Lovely, poetic bedtime reading with an aviary theme with wonderful illustrations by the always reliable Melissa Sweet.

  • Jason
    2019-02-07 20:59

    At first I didn't think I was going to like this but then I wrote a song using the lyrics. The illustrations and colors are great, too.

  • Carolyn Combs
    2019-01-27 16:19

    Brief overview: You Nest Here With Me, written by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (2015), is a fresh and unique lullaby, written in enchanting rhyme. While showing the myriad of places and ways birds nest with their young, the story draws an analogy between birds' nests and human homes. The accurate information in the story, plus the back matter on the birds and an author's note, carry this lullaby over into the realm of nonfiction.What I love about this book: I'm in awe of Jane Yolen's and Heidi Stemple's informational, rhyme in perfect meter! What a grand feat and treat for the ear. I also love Melissa Sweet's cool palette splashed with flourishes of warmth, whimsy and collage. There are recognizable details in the birds and their nests, and so much else to see in each illustration. Share this one at bedtime with four-to eight-year olds, and follow up with some time spent watching birds.

  • Krista
    2019-02-03 19:59

    This may be my favorite children's book ever. The illustrations are not just gorgeous, they give each bird a bit of a personality as well. The rhyming narration makes it a great read aloud. I enjoy that it makes a point of talking about different kinds of nests that may be new to kids. The repeat of the phrase "but you nest here with me" is a lovely touch of comfort to add to a bedtime story. There is even a section in the back that gives facts about the different birds discussed during the book as well as an illustration of their egg and feather. I have purchased this book as a gift multiple times and always recommend it to people when I get the chance. Since I was reading all these other books about birds today, I just had to reread this one.

  • Bonnie
    2019-01-29 17:51

    This poem describes the nesting places of several different kinds of birds, always coming back to the sweet notion of a little girl nesting in her home with her mother. At the back of the book in information about all the kinds of birds mentioned in the book. Nice watercolor illustrations.

  • Edith Hope
    2019-02-13 18:53

    I am a major fan of all things Jane Yolen, but this might be one of my favorites. Written with her daughter, Heidi Stemple, and illustrated beautifully by Melissa Sweet, this is one of my favorite read alouds to my children. Highly recommended up to age seven or so.

  • Annie Payne
    2019-02-14 23:03

    So sweet!

  • April Moody
    2019-02-15 22:15

    A beautiful rhyming bed time story about where different birds nest that ends with a young child nesting in her own house with her mother.

  • Kara
    2019-01-23 18:10

    The reader learns lots of different kinds of birds and how they nest in a comforting framework of being safe themselves nesting with their parents.

  • Whole And
    2019-02-18 20:51

    A wonderful book to help identify a wide variety of birds and their individual behaviours. Easy to read in rhythmic prose with a great description/guide at the back of the book.

  • Sara
    2019-01-27 00:21

    Beautiful. As if the poetic text isn't wonderful enough, there are two pages of back matter providing a few facts about each of the birds mentioned in the text.

  • Katy
    2019-01-28 20:14

    I really like this, but I think it would serve better one on one than in a storytime setting.

  • Viviane Elbee
    2019-02-18 19:06

    Very poetic and sweet book. Appealing for bird lovers.

  • Trudi
    2019-01-19 21:56

    A really cute picture book about birds and nests and taking care of babies. Love how it names common birds and gives a bit of information about each bird at the end of the story!

  • Lauren Johnson
    2019-01-21 18:10

    Beautiful, beautiful book. Such a sweet message, and a great way to teach nonfiction too :)

  • Maritza Mejia
    2019-02-03 16:17

    When it is time to snuggle in bed, read this book with your little ones. With soft color illustrations, rhyming verses with a refrain, Mama helps her little one settle down for the night by telling how different kind of birds nest with their babies.At the end of the book, it's a glossary with diverse birds.I recommend this book for bird watchers too.

  • Anna
    2019-01-26 21:10

    Gentle is only the surface of this bedtime book. Bird facts give it wings along with Melissa Sweet's iconic watercolor and collage art. Various birds and their nesting habits are the informative content paired with the lyrical text. Back matter with facts about various species keeps the story going for children haven't fallen asleep quite yet.

  • Matthew
    2019-01-24 19:03

    This book is about putting a child to bed if all you read is the first page. The mother calls her daughter "little nestling", and from there on, it's a book about birds. Each page introduces a new bird and some fact about that bird's nesting habits. The trick is, all the bird nesting information is introduced within the structure of an ongoing poem. This is a good book for the birder in you, though birding is a harder sell than most with a lot of kids. The endnotes describe each bird that was mentioned in the text and gives a few interesting facts about them. The illustrations are wonderful Melissa Sweet painting with layered collage. If you read and enjoyed A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin and The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus that she did with Jen Bryant, then you'll like this too, though the collage is more subtle here than in either of those books. All together, you've got a book by Jane Yolen and her daughter and it's illustrated by Melissa Sweet, so the expectations are pretty high going in. The good news is that this book will meet your expectations. Nicely done.

  • Allison
    2019-01-21 22:15

    2 of my faves together in this book: Jane Yolen & Melissa Sweet.Love the combination of bedtime story + informational text. I support independent bookstores. You can use this link to find one near you:

  • Linda
    2019-01-27 22:03

    I missed reading this earlier in the year, but am so happy to read it now, the perfect poetry picture book for bedtime reading! A little girl and her mother are on their way to bed, with this book! And as they read and look at the pictures, the mother shares all kinds of birds and the way they nest, ending each time by saying variations of "you nest here with me". The illustrations focus on the bird described, but add extra animals and scenes all along the way. Melissa Sweet's watercolor collages are stunning. You want to look and look! My favorite page is about the cowbird, with two startled cardinals looking at a strange egg with disbelief: "Cowbird, the uninvited guest,/Leaves her egg in a foster nest--But you nest here with me." There is extra back matter about each bird featured and a short piece about the avid birdwatching by the authors.