Two Blue Jays by Anne Rockwell

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Miss Dana's class has front-row seats for one of nature's most awe-inspiring spring performances. In the branches of the fir tree outside their classroom, two blue jays build their nest. Shortly after the nest is completed, the female blue jay lays her eggs. The male brings her all kinds of food-an acorn, a worm, even a piece of a cookie! She guards her eggs closely, but the children are able to get a quick glimpse of them. Days later the children see the newly hatched baby blue jays huddled together in the nest. Three weeks later, the children say good-bye as the blue jays leave the nest for the first time. Without a single lesson, the birds spread their wings and take flight. This charming story with spectacular three-dimensional illustrations will bring out the nature observer in every child.
 

About Anne Rockwell

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Anne and Lizzy Rockwell have collaborated on all the Mrs. Madoff books, including St. Patrick's Day and Presidents' Day, and Who Lives in an Alligator Hole? in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Anne is the author of What's So Bad About Gasoline?; Brendan and Belinda and the Slam Dunk!; Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?; and Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth. Lizzy is the author-illustrator of Good Enough to Eat; The Busy Body Book; and Hello Baby! Both Anne and Lizzy live in Connecticut. Megan Halsey has studied printmaking and illustration, but what she really likes is making things--especially the exquisite cut-paper figures that enliven such books as Who Wakes Rooster? by Clare Hodgson Meeker, which the New Yorker selected for recommended reading, and One Bean, by Anne Rockwell, which was chosen as an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children by the joint committee of the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council. Megan, who also teaches illustrations at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, lives with her husband in Philadelphia.
 
Published March 1, 2003 by Walker Childrens. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Having watched caterpillars Becoming Butterflies (2002) in a previous episode, the children in Miss Dana’s class have ringside seats when two blue jays build a nest outside the classroom’s window, and raise four chicks.

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For instance, as the teacher explains to the narrator why the mother jay must keep her eggs warm ("Because baby blue jays are growing inside"), the artist creates three time-lapse drawings of the forming fetus within a trio of egg-shaped white backgrounds.

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