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.
""A gentle and deceptively simple story."" --Starred, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
""Gerstein's realistic illustrations set the backyard stage and choreograph the frenzied acts of the drama, adding touches of humor without diminishing the tension. Good for listeners and beginning readers alike.""--Booklist
""Teeming with hilarious mishap and activity . . . Guaranteed to pump self-confidence in wee ones about to leave the nest."" --Kirkus Reviews
""[A] cherry ode to adventurousness. Exhilarating."" --The Horn Book
""Heartening as well as thematically and artistically assured."" -- School Library Journal, April 2007