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Leaving the Nest by Mordicai Gerstein
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Leaving the Nest

by Mordicai Gerstein

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Summary: this book is about a little blue jay is that is scared to leave his nest because he thinks the "humans" and the cat is going to hurt him. He lost his balance and started flapping his wings but he just could not get enough air under them, he fell to the ground.
Then they little Human (a little girl) picked him and got a ladder and put him back in his nest. his mom came back and she bumped into him and he fell again out the nest and he flapped and flapped wings until finally he started flying.

My Reaction: awe poor baby bird. I have taking in baby birds even a baby blue jay and nursed him back to health because momma would not take care of him anymore when I put him back in the tree and he still flies around the house and I know it is turkey(his name) because he will come stand right next to me or my mom.

Classroom extensions:1. I would take the students outside see if they can find a blue jay bird.
2.print off the a tiny children's book about blue jays and let them color it
3.write about a time that they helped someone out like the little girl helped the baby blue jay.
  RonniLapierre | Sep 15, 2016 |
Review: This story is almost like three stories in one. It is the story of the kitten that goes outside for the first time, the bird that is afraid to fly and the girl who learns to ride her bike. Each of the main characters are afraid for some reason or another. All of their stories collide and affect the others. In the end all of the characters concur their fears and are able to enjoy the things they were afraid of.

Uses: I think this book would be great to read at the beginning of the year to talk about transitioning from one grade to another and how new things arent always scary. I also would use this book to talk about how text can be written in a variety of different ways.

Genre: This book is a fantasy book because all the animals in the book speak to each other and communicate.

Media: Oil paints
  swallace14 | Apr 14, 2016 |
Told in what seems to be his format of choice lately, dialogue, Gerstien tells three stories of coming of age: that of a baby blue jay, a kitten, and a girl learning to ride her bike. With the three interacting with one another, and obvious language barriers preventing communication, three tellings of the same events course through the pages. There is also a group of squirrels playing michevious observer to most of the events. It ends well with the baby jay learning to fly, but along the way the kitten and the girl both interact with the baby jay in their own way, causing their own havoc both intended and accidental. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
Gerstein's uses multiple narratives in this text centered around growing up and taking chances. The book is very simple and can be enjoyed by very young readers as well as older readers. The illustrations are a constant picture of he same place in a girl's backyard, which means the characters' actions and dialogue are what move the story. In the classroom, this text could be used to teach the concept of multiple points of view or growing up.
  pbrent | Jul 16, 2012 |
This is a phenomenal book! A baby blue jay, a girl, a kitten, and a squirrel are all facing the same feelings: they are all curious about the outside world. They all overcome their fear by leaving the place they feel safest and exploring the outside world. ( )
  mmontet | Sep 12, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374343691, Hardcover)

What do a baby blue jay, a kitten, a girl, and a baby squirrel have in common?
They are emphatically curious about the world.
They find it difficult to leave the place where they feel safest.
And, eventually, they must all spread their wings and fly.
With his ever-inventive art, Caldecott winner Mordicai Gerstein stretches the boundaries of the traditional picture book, here using speech balloons to show all the characters talking at the same time and energetic pen-and-watercolor illustrations in this celebration of growing up.
 
Leaving the Nest is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:27 -0400)

The lives of a baby jaybird, a young girl, a kitten, and a small squirrel intersect as they venture out into the world.

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