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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (February 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763624306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763624309
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 2—This highly comical yet heartwarming tale begins simply enough. Jack, a hungry farm cat, builds a perfect nest to attract the perfect chicken to lay a perfect egg for a delicious omelet. Everything is going even better than planned when he lures a chicken, a duck, and a goose, and each one lays a yummy egg. Unfortunately, Jack cannot convince any of them to leave the nest though he tries with cries of "Flood!" "Fire!" and "Wolf!" Finally he appeals to their greedy nature by telling of the better and empty nest at the farm down the road. They take off immediately, but before Jack can enjoy the eggs left behind, they hatch, and, to his horror, the chicks target him as mom. He can't possibly eat them. In the end, as he snuggles with the tired babies, he realizes how perfect his nest really is. This amusing tale gives each of the nesters a different nationality (French, American, Spanish) complete with accent. Manders's gouache illustrations are a perfect complement to the text. The bickering poultry; the hungry, then desperate, and finally horrified cat; the demanding chicks; and the auxiliary characters are all given wonderfully detailed expressions that can be laugh-out-loud funny. Varying perspectives in the illustrations give a nice sense of movement to the tale. The text gives the mood and action of the story and the art really brings it to life.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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Jack the cat is building the perfect nest, bound to attract the perfect chicken that will lay the perfect egg to make the perfect omelet. But Jack's plan hatches more than he expected. First a chicken, then a duck, then a goose, claims the nest, calls it perfect and refuses to leave. Cries of "FIRE!" "FLOOD!" and "WOLF" don't budge their ruffled feathers, until Jack hints the next farm over has an even better nest. Fowl free, he thinks; Jack's mouth waters in anticipation of an egg breakfast, lunch and dinner. But just as he reaches for the eggs, they hatch and immediately imprint on Jack as their father. To escape their peeping demands, he tries to hide, but the three fuzzy chicks find him and drag him back to the nest for warmth and sleep. Henpecked into a new paternal responsibility, Jack curls up with the chicks and realizes his nest is perfect. The gouache illustrations cluck with humor and details that add giggles: the face-on double spread of Jack in his bib overalls with whisk in one hand and spatula in the other; the wolf scene in which Jack wears a red riding hood; and Jack's egg-yolk eyes. Perfect fine-feathered fun. (Picture book. 4-7) (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Barney Considine on February 16, 2007
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Reviewing children's picture books is a bit out of my league but this is a wonderful little book. Catherine Friend has turned out some excellent material for children and this is a wonderful example. The artwork by John Manders will intrigue any child and perfectly complements the story.

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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 16, 2007
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I have read this book two nights in a row (we bought it two days ago) to my 5 and 6 year old children. We all love it. It has everything you want in a children's book: humor, great illustrations, tenderness, a great moral. It is currently our favorite book. I hope the author comes up with another gem like this one very soon!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on May 1, 2007
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The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend and illustrated by John Manders is a picture book for children four to seven. Friend is the author of Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn, written for adult readers. Manders has illustrated numerous children's books, including Henry and the Buccaneer.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. Dixon on May 24, 2009
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There are several of my daughter's books that I really like. This is one of them. We've had the book for almost a year and it is still fun to read. The illustrations are very cute! You find yourself laughing at Jack (a sly, selfish and hungry but lovable cat) and also cheering for the adorable baby chicks. My daughter loves my "attempt" at french and spanish accents. I have the "country hick" one down pat! The story has a very sweet ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RLS on May 2, 2008
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This book is a must have for any child's library. Jack the cat sets out on a scheme to make the perfect omelet and in the end learns an important lesson about family. This book is funny, and meaningful. It is one of those stories that the kids will want to hear again and again, and also one the parents won't mind reading over and over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Starr A. Sellars on December 28, 2007
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This is a delightful book for children that teaches responsibility and consequences. The cat is so expressive and my granddaughter loves the different accents for the hen, duck and goose. I highly recommend this book for children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Aldridge on December 16, 2007
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My family absolutely loves this adorable book. We read it over and over again. We highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Three Silly Chicks on October 1, 2007
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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.)
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