A lush companion to The Nest That Wren Built brings to light the habits of a secretive creature with lifelike illustrations and a lyrical, informative text.
Resourceful Beaver and his family work every day to build the perfect lodge in the pond, made of branches from the shore willow and silty mud from the streambed. Secure and safe from the elements and all the forest animals who come by, the beavers sleep, play, and grow inside the lodge. But come springtime’s flood, this family of beavers will move on, leaving behind the remains of the lodge that Beaver built. Gently scientific and accessible, with soft, glowing illustrations from award-winning artist Anne Hunter, this lilting, poetic companion to The Nest That Wren Built introduces young children to the engineering feat of dam-building and the life cycle of beaver families. Budding nature lovers can explore more beaver facts, a glossary, and a list of suggested resources in the back matter.
About the Author
Randi Sonenshine is a middle-school literacy coach and the author of the picture book The Nest That Wren Built, illustrated by Anne Hunter. She lives in northwest Georgia with her family.
Anne Hunter is the illustrator of The Nest That Wren Built by Randi Sonenshine and the author-illustrator of such picture books as Possum and the Summer Storm, Cricket Song, Possum’sHarvest Moon, and Where’s Baby?, a 2021 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. Originally from South Florida, Anne Hunter now lives in Vermont with her family.
This beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book uses evocative poetic language paired with ink and colored pencil drawings on tinted paper. Soft and realistic, it reveals a “poetry in nature” using the same satisfying cadence and repetition as “This Is the House that Jack Built.” It’s a pleasure to read aloud. . . Even the endnotes are fascinating. . . this book is a window to the natural world that will be valuable for many years to come. —School Library Connection (starred review)
Hunter’s ink-and–colored pencil illustrations have a scratchy style that is well suited to the beavers’ pelts, their watery surroundings, and the other animals that share their habitat. Careful observers will be well rewarded by the tiny details. —Kirkus Reviews