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A Round of Robins
Contributor(s): Hesterman, Katie, Ruzzier, Sergio (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0399547789     ISBN-13: 9780399547782
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
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Binding Type: School And Library
Published: March 2018

Annotation: Follows a pair of robin parents from nest-building and egg-laying, to raising their hungry hatchlings, and finally sending off their flying fledglings.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Stories in rhyme.
Robins; Fiction.
Birds; Nests; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Birds
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017033645
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 8.00" W x 0.25" (0.74 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): This is Katie Hesterman's debut picture book. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Sergio Ruzzier is a picture book author and illustrator whose work has received awards from American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, and the Society of Publication Designers. He won Parents' Choice Gold Medals for This Is Not a Picture Book, The Room of Wonders, and Why Mole Shouted, and he was a recipient of the 2011 Sendak Fellowship. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
Sixteen brief, informative, highly entertaining, and easy-to-read poems follow robin parents as they raise two sets of babies. Ruzzier's personality-filled and amusing pen-and-ink and watercolor pictures feature correct bird anatomy, with details and poses that are comically reminiscent of humans. Individual poems stand alone, but the book is also short and lively enough for a full read-through. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #3)
Sixteen poems follow a pair of robin parents as they raise not one but two sets of baby robins in this factual and funny volume. The story begins with "Defender Dad" telling three annoyed-looking birds on the ground to "Back away, / 'Cause Mom and I are here to stay!" It continues with "Home Sweet Home": "Mama is an architect; / With skill and patience, she'll collect / Bits of twig, string, wool, and hair / To form a tiny, twiney lair." Hesterman's poems are brief, informative, highly entertaining, and very easy to read, with little jokes but also using correct terminology, such as calling the group of four eggs in "EGGcessories" a clutch. Ruzzier's personality-filled and amusing pen-and-ink and watercolor pictures build on the signature orange of a robin's breast, extending that color to tree limbs and hills; his robins feature correct bird anatomy but add ways of standing and angling their wings that are comically reminiscent of humans. Individual poems stand alone, but the book is also short and lively enough for a full read-through. Sharp-eyed kids at story times may notice that the eggs from the opening endpapers are hatching on the closing ones. susan dove lempke Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 February #1)

Hesterman debuts with 16 poems that lightheartedly chart the development of a family of robins: "Three is too few./ Mama adds more./ Now it's just right:/ One clutch of four." Baby birds often look ungainly and weird—a perfect fit for Ruzzier's gently surreal brand of cartooning. His newborn robins have big eyes, rubbery limbs, and (eventually) a fuzzy carpet of feathers: "Changing, growing and it's showing.../ Now they're fluffs of plump perfection." The action unfolds against a backdrop of vaguely alien vegetation and watery skies of pink and blue; there are some tussles among the new siblings, but Hesterman focuses more on the birds' growth and increasing independence. It's a charmer of an animal family story, with rhymes that are a pleasure to read aloud. Ages 5–8. Author's agent: Rick Margolis, Rising Bear Literary. Illustrator's agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary. (Mar.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

PreS-Gr 1—Beginning with the first poem that proclaims (with some foreshadowing) "We'll raise a brood, and when we're done,/We just might hatch another one," 16 poems give readers a glimpse of stages in a robin's life, from mama robin laying four eggs to grown up birdies leaving the nest. Hesterman fills her jaunty rhyming verses with numerous puns and alliterations, while conjuring up sweet yet mostly factual vignettes of the birds' journey to maturity. Ruzzier's cartoon illustrations capture these scenes of avian domesticity with just the right mix of humor and warmth, hilariously expressive feathered protagonists (and their grumpy neighbors) inhabiting his slightly fantastical idiosyncratic flora, all colored in ethereal watercolor washes. VERDICT An utterly charming choice for most collections, perfect for one-on-one and small group sharing.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.
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