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The Best Nest [Paperback]

By Doris L. Mueller & Sherry Neidigh (Illustrator)
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In a retelling of an Old English folk tale, Magpie patiently explains to the other birds how to build a magnificent nest, but most fly off without listening to all the directions which is why, to this day, birds' nests come in all different shapes and sizes.

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Long ago, the magpies' nests were the envy of all other birds. To help the other birds, Maggie Magpie patiently explained how to build a nest. But some birds were impatient and flew off without listening to all the directions which is why, to this day, birds' nests come in all different shapes and sizes. A clever retelling of an old English folktale teaches the importance of careful listening.

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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.1" Width: 8.65" Height: 10"
Weight:   0.38 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 10, 2008
Publisher   Sylvan Dell Publishing
ISBN  1934359254  
ISBN13  9781934359259  

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More About Doris L. Mueller & Sherry Neidigh

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Doris L. Mueller has been a teacher and professor at every level from kindergarten through graduate school. She currently teaches college-level writing courses and a class in Children's Literature. Her previous books include a picture book, Small One's Adventure, a middle-grade novel, Marryin' Sam, and a biography, M. Jeff Thompson: Missouri's Swamp Fox. Doris recalls that whenever she failed to listed to instructions, her mother would tell her an Old English Tale of how, when the magpie tried to teach the birds how to build a beautiful, strong nest like hers, all but one failed to attend to her instructions and went off to build inadequate nests. She retold the story, substituting birds native to the US, and added factual information telling how various birds build their nests. Doris and her husband live on a small lake outside of St. Louis and have many bird visitors at their bird feeders???woodpeckers, humming birds, nuthatches, and goldfinches, among others. Their

Doris L. Mueller currently resides in the state of Missouri.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Birds > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > General > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > European
5Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Stories

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How Magpie Teaches Birds to Build Their Nests  Jun 19, 2008
Maggie Magpie is an excellent nest builder, so all the other birds want to learn from her in order to protect their own eggs better. However, do they learn, and if so how much? Not only does the young child learn how each of the eleven birds build their nests, but they also become budding bird watchers as each bird and its habitat are illustrated in loving detail by illustrator Sherry Neidigh.

It is obvious that author Doris L. Mueller has put great thought into the building of her story, and young readers will eagerly follow along with Maggie as she takes time to teach her sometimes-impatient bird pupils. You can imitate the dove's sounds, and perhaps your teacher or parents can help you find recordings of the other bird songs as part of a classroom or home activity. Other information, facts, and a "Match the Nest Activity" are included. This is a fun and engaging book for ages 3 - 8.
Beautifully enhanced with the full color art work  May 8, 2008
Both as pets and in the wild, children are attracted to birds. Engagingly written by Doris L. Mueller and beautifully enhanced with the full color art work of Sherry Neidigh, "The Best Nest" is the retelling of an old English folktale about how long ago magpies built nests that were the envy of all the other birds. To help those other birds, Maggie Magpie patiently explained how to build a nest. But some birds were impatient and flew off without listening to all the directions. that is why today birds' nests come in all different shapes and sizes! Of special note is the addition to this highly recommended picturebook for children a very special educational section, 'For Creative Minds', that provides children with fun facts about birds, 'bird math', bird injuries, and a 'Match the Nest' activity with nest information for Magpies, Killdeer, Robins, Screech-Owls, Starlings, Brewer's Blackbird; the Common Grackle, Meadowlarks, Whip-poor-wills, Mourning Doves, and the Northern Oriole.
Quality you count on from Sylvan Dell  Feb 29, 2008
I always wonder how Sylvan Dell will surpass their last published titles. And then I look at and read the current crop and realize that they have wonderful authors, the most talented illustrators and subject matter that is both fun and informative. The end result is hard to beat.

There was a time, oh so long ago, that magpies built the best nests ever and were the envy of all the other birds. Maggie Magpie believed in helping other birds so she took the time to patiently teach the other birds how to build a strong, comfortable and safe nest.

The other birds (most of them) were not as patient as Maggie and listened to a few tips and then flew off without hearing all of the directions. Maggie gave up helping and let the birds fly off and build their nests the way they wanted to. The result? All nests are different sizes and shapes. Oh, there was one bird who listened carefully to Maggie's directions. Read the story and find out who that was.

The illustrations are stunning and both children and adults will be drawn to them.

Sylvan Dell books always have a fun and educational component to their books. The For Creative Minds section includes fun facts about birds, bird math, and an activity section.

Armchair Interviews says: This is a wonderful book for children, but should also be in every school library also.

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