Academic journal article Language Arts

A Nest Is Noisy

Academic journal article Language Arts

A Nest Is Noisy

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A Nest Is Noisy Written by Dianna Hutts Aston Illustrated by Sylvia Long Chronicle, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-1- 4521- 2713- 2

Award-winning collaborators Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrator Sylvia Long, creators of A Seed Is Sleepy (2007) and A Rock Is Lively (2012), once again achieve a beautiful and illuminating celebration of nature in their newest publication, A Nest Is Noisy. Readers will learn the smallest of details about these dwellings and will without a doubt appreciate the sophistication and variety of their occupants, artfully brought together across the pages of this picturebook. A fascinating array of nests cover the front endpapers, and their bird, amphibian, mammal, insect, or fish inhabitants are represented on the back endpapers, framing the diversity of life and shelters in the pages between the two. Each delicate illustration is clearly labeled without distracting from the larger visual display.

As expected, Aston's writing is lovely, well researched, and informative, and Long's illustrations are expressive, precise, and eye-catching. …

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