Leaving the Nest by Mordicai Gerstein

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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.

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Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, winner of the Caldecott Medal, and has had four books named New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Gerstein was born in Los Angeles in 1935. He remembers being inspired as a child by images of fine art, which his mother cut out of Life magazine, and by children’s books from the library: “I looked at Rembrandt and Superman, Matisse and Bugs Bunny, and began to make my own pictures.”   He attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and then got a job in an animated cartoon studio that sent him to New York, where he designed characters and thought up ideas for TV commercials. When a writer named Elizabeth Levy asked him to illustrate a humorous mystery story about two girls and a dog, his book career began, and soon he moved on to writing as well as illustrating. “I’m still surprised to be an author,” he says. “I wonder what I’ll write next?” Gerstein lives in Westhampton, Massachusetts.
Published February 20, 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Uncertain about leaving his safe nest, a baby blue jay tentatively flaps and flutters his wings, a little girl experimentally rides her bike by herself, a curious kitten ventures into the backyard and a baby squirrel watches as an amazing chain reaction of events brings these fledging adventurers...

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Four stories about a baby bluejay, kitten, girl and baby squirrel converge in this picture-book drama.

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