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Sharing and Forgiveness in Hilarious Picture Book from Gideon Sterer

Updated on March 13, 2019
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Hilarious Picture Book with a Lesson in Sharing

Hilarious picture book with a great lesson on sharing and making friends
Hilarious picture book with a great lesson on sharing and making friends | Source

Sharing Wins Friends

Gideon Sterer's Not Your Nest is chock full of animals that want to have Bird's new house. Bird has worked hard to build her new house and absolutely does not want to share. Bird worked hard on the design of her house. She worked hard to get everything that was needed for a comfortable nest. She searched for the perfect sticks. She searched for the perfect leaves. Bird's new nest was finally completed. When she returned with the final piece, she discovered a new resident. Bird was definitely not happy, but she agreed to give her new nest to the odd occupant and Bird built another nest. Once again Bird searched for the perfect sticks and leaves to build a new nest. Just after Bird finished her second nest, an intruder took over and she lost her second nest. These unfortunate takeovers continued to happen and the animals that were stealing Bird's nests got larger and larger. How can a giraffe fit into a bird's nest? Can an alligator really occupy a bird's nest? Hilarious adventures fill every page until all of the animals finally decide that sharing a nest would be the ideal situation.

Andrea Tsurum contributed her talents as an illustrator with large colorful illustrations that fill each page. Tsurum demonstrated her special talent for giving each animal a comical facial expression. The text is written in cartoon-like speech bubbles. Not Your Nest was published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin/Random House Young readers Group. It is recommended for ages 3-7 and has an ISBN of 978-0-7352-2827-6.

Hilarious and Colorful Illustrations Will Engage Young Readers

Bird is very proud of her new and comfortable nest
Bird is very proud of her new and comfortable nest | Source
What?!!!  This is not your nest!
What?!!! This is not your nest! | Source
Can a zebra really live in a bird's nest?
Can a zebra really live in a bird's nest? | Source

Not Your Nest With Many Opportunities for Early Childhood Classroom Lessons

Gideon Sterer's Not Your Nest is filled with fun-inspired lessons for children in an early childhood classroom. I use picture books as a go-to tool for all subjects when I taught in an early childhood classroom. Picture books are a great tool to introduce a topic. Teachers in early childhood classrooms will find this book to be a choice for several lessons for young children.

*Read Not Your Nest in your story time session.

*Present the opportunity for young children to name each animal that wants to occupy Bird's new nest.

*Why does Bird find it necessary to continue to build nests? Call attention to the fact that the animals do not want to share.

*Present the opportunity for young children to give their ideas about things that they do not like to share with others.

*How do the animals solve their problem?

*Present the opportunity for children to share their ideas about why it is a good idea to share with others.

*Use Not Your Nest to spark lessons about the individual animals featured in the book.

*What kind of home does each animal actually live in? Offer lessons in discovering the environments that each animal lives in.

*Make a variety of objects for children to construct a bird's nest. Gather sticks, leaves, and other soft bits of fabric that a bird might use to build a nest. Form the nest from modelling clay.

*Add to learning about each animal by learning the types of food that each eats. What does an elephant eat? What does a zebra eat?

*Present the opportunity to create a math lesson by constructing a graph of the class favorite animals from the book. Create a graph by marking a large piece of chart paper into columns with labels for each animal. Use small "Smiley Face" stickers to construct the graph. Read the graph after constructing to discover the class favorite.

*Have a globe available to discover the areas around the world where each animal is found.

© 2019 Cindy Hewitt


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