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The Perfect Nest Hardcover – February 13, 2007
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The "stars" of this book are feline and fowl. Jack the cat wants an omelet but knows the egg precedes the omelet, the chicken comes before the egg, and first must be the nest. I'll leave it to the reader to follow the story and see what Jack gets. Along the way you will meet not only the chicken, but also a duck, and a goose. They speak just enough Spanish and French so that the young readers will have to translate a couple of words for their parents. Mom and Dad will be fascinated to learn that language is genetic in fowls.
"The Perfect Nest" will make a perfect gift. Gracias, Merci, Thank-ye; Ms. Friend.
Jack the cat is determined to build the perfect nest. It must be the right size and it must be dry and cozy because he has a very special purpose for it. He wants to attract a chicken who will lay an egg. The perfect egg. An egg that will make a tasty omelet.
But Jack didn't count on his nest attracting a chicken, a duck and a goose. The three eggs would make a wonderful three-egg omelet, if only the animals would let him near the nest. There is nothing Jack can do to make the chicken, duck and goose leave the nest, until he tells them of an empty nest they don't have to share.
The animals rush for the new nest, leaving Jack with the three eggs. But before he can make his omelet, the eggs crack open--and he's left carrying for the babies. Jack finds that he's got much more than he bargained for, and that turns out to be a good thing.
The Perfect Nest, with all of Jack's antics, will involve children in the story. The illustrations are delightful. They're realistic, colorful and depict the story perfectly.
Armchair Interviews says: The Perfect Nest will charm children.
Oh how we love Spring here in the coop! Everywhere we look we see chicks and eggs! We feel the love. We get especially light-headed whenever we see a new chick-and-egg book, which is why we practically passed out when we saw The Perfect Nest.
In this hilarious tale, Jack the Cat, who's hungry for an omelet, decides to build the perfect nest to attract the perfect chicken who would lay the perfect egg. A perfect plan! Things turn out even better than Jack imagined when his cozy nest attracts a chicken, a duck, and a goose, all of whom lay eggs. Jack drools in anticipation. Now he has breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all in one nest. But the frisky fowl don't want to leave. After lots of failed attempts, Jack is finally able to trick them into leaving by telling them there's an even better nest at the next farm. They fly the coop, leaving their eggs behind. Alone at last, Jack is just about to crack open his glorious eggs when suddenly out pops a baby chick, a baby duck, and a baby goose. All three think the wily feline is their mama and proceed to follow him around the farm, much to Jack's dismay. How can he eat something that calls him mama? He can't, of course, and after a snuggle fest with his new brood he realizes that he has made the perfect nest after all.
Tight writing and lively illustrations make this book a chick magnet. We love the idea of pairing it with An Egg is Quiet by Dianne Aston for an absolutely eggcellent storytime. And that's no yolk! (Oh, geez, sorry 'bout that. It couldn't be helped.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a school librarian and this is one of myself abortive books to read to children.
It's funny, I love acting out the voices of the chicken, goose and duck.. Read more
Wonderfully illustrated and a great read. I love doing the characters' accents when reading to my kids.Published 9 months ago by Tranquil Eyes
My 4 year old's favorite book (and I love reading it to her)! This book is SO much fun to read and the illustrations are wonderful. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ski VT
Great book for kids with chickens and farms. My son and I love it!Published 13 months ago by Kristina Ditinno
Such a cute book. Bought this a couple of years ago for my granddaughter. We still say some of the funny "catch phrases" in the book. Great illustrations and story. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Annette
This is one of my granddaughters favorite story for me to read at our story time.Published 17 months ago by Augusta
I buy this book for everyone I know who has a baby. It's my nephew's favorite book. He loves the big, brightly colored pictures. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Erin Olson
This book is very cute! My daughters teacher chose this for her to read to the class. It was a graded assignment. She did great, so I purchased this copy as a surprise for her. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lezzliet
I have been reading this book in storytime since the book was published. It is a great
book and the students love it.