Simon & Schuster, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
his is an interesting picture book because illustrations have to carry the storyline. The author only provides a single word with each illustration. The pictures follow the course of a robin family’s existence from the time a nest is created and an egg is laid until the young bird is ready to leave the nest and fend for himself.
aturally, the seasons, which provide the background, change and when you get to the end of the book the cycle begins again. Since there really is no text, the adult who shares this book with a young child will have to build upon the single words to create some type of storyline.
hile creative parents/grandparents/teachers will find this a simple if not enjoyable chore, those who aren't into birds or don't have fruitful imaginations may be at a loss. Older children may be able to create their own stories and that's obviously a good thing.
f an adult is willing to become the storyteller, enjoying this book can be a very memorable experience and one your youngster will cherish for years to come. But, if you are not willing to assume this role, this might be a book to skip.
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