Discovering Your Gifts with Baby Wren
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Discovering the gifts inside each of us is a journey, and in Baby Wren and the Great Gift by Sally Lloyd Jones, children accompany the little wren as she explores her canyon home seeking her own gift.
A celebration of the nature found in Baby Wren’s canyon, this large picture book is lavishly illustrated with vivid colors and detailed pictures of the wildlife of the canyon, including plants, fish, insects, animals, and other birds.
There are so many things to love about Baby Wren and the Great Gift. In addition to teaching children to value their uniqueness, this book quietly introduces an appreciation for nature through it’s pictures and beautiful use of language:
“But no one answered. Monarchs played in the milkweed. A breeze rustled in the switch grass. And the glittering river ran on.”
The repetition of certain phrases gives young listeners a sense of familiarity as they listen to the story being read aloud and gives them a sense of the passage of time and the steadfast continuity of the river as life moves forward in the canyon.
Beginning with Baby Wren inside her safe nest, she ventures out to explore her habitat, finding surprise after surprise along the way. As she witnesses the gifts the other birds and animals have, she wonders what she might be able to do. Then, as the sky over the canyon changes, Baby Wren is overcome by the beauty and wonder of it all:
“And what she saw couldn’t fit inside her
it bumped into her heart
it dazzled her eyes
it pushed on her throat
the tiny trembling bird
with all her tiny might
This poetic book can be enjoyed over and over again and is suitable for very young kids through older elementary. It easily accompanies nature study and is a wonderful inspiration for art projects. Baby Wren and the Great Gift is definitely worth adding to a child’s library.
The publisher provided a review copy of Baby Wren and the Great Gift.