Welcome to another Perfect Picture Book Friday book review. Knowing my admiration for all things nature, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’ve chosen to share a nature-themed poetry book. This one is ALL about robins – those red-breasted, fancy-vested, springtime visitors with a hearty appetite for wiggly, jiggly worms.
A Round of Robins
Written by- Katie Hesterman
Illustrated by – Sergio Ruzzier
Published by- Nancy Paulsen Books – 2018
Topics – Bird poems, robins, and nature
The first poem in the book.
Defender Dad sings, “Back away,
‘Cause Mom and I are here to stay!
We’ll raise a brood, and when we’re done,
We just might hatch another one.”
Synopsis from Amazon – Sixteen fresh and funny poems welcome a new batch of robins to the world!
Katie Hesterman’s vibrant verse celebrates this awesome circle of bird life, as we follow a pair of robin parents from nest-building and egg-laying to raising their hungry hatchlings, and finally sending off their flying fledglings. Sergio Ruzzier’s brilliant, candy-colored art pays tribute to all these stages of a robin’s life cycle, reminding us that while robins may be common, they are also extraordinary!
Why do I like this book? With my soft spot for nature, birds, and poetry, this book sings one of my favorite songs. I found this gem perched on a library shelf beside a flock of bird-themed picture books. Sergio Ruzzier’s signature style of illustration stood out from the other books. His playful and expressive pen and ink and watercolor illustrations add the right feel to accompany Katie Hesterman’s thoughtful poems which take the reader on a journey from nest building to family hatching to nest leaving. I opened to the first page, read the poem I shared above, and I instantly added this book to my checkout pile of picture book treasures. I hope you’ll pick up this book and enjoy the thoughtful robin poems and downright adorable illustrations.
Learn more about Katie Hesterman HERE.
Learn more about Sergio Ruzzier HERE.
Watch a video about robins on YouTube HERE.
Visit “Drawing Tutorials” to help children learn how to draw a robin HERE.
Until next Friday.