Children’s Book Review Vol. 3

Hey readers! I am so excited to bring a very special book to all of you this week. This book has a very special place in my heart because it was my favorite book as a child. I’m not sure if it had to do with the story itself or the bright pink cover, but regardless I LOVED this book when I was little. My mom suggested that I review this book on the blog because she knows how much I loved it, and I was so excited to pick this up from the library. Just seeing the bright pink cover and reading the story brought back so many memories! The book is called The Best Nest and it was written and illustrated by P. D. Eastman.

The Book

This book tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bird, who are in search of the “best” nest. Mr. Bird loves their bird house, but Mrs. Bird thinks there is a better nest out there. They search and search for the “best” nest, but something goes wrong each time. The story ends when Mrs. Bird realizes that they already had the “best” nest all along in their bird house. There is even a surprise at the end!

Why I Love It

I love the moral of the story: that sometimes all you need is already right in front of you. It is such a cute story! As a kid, I think I liked it best for the drawings and honestly…. because of the bright pink cover. I have always had a thing for the color pink!

OT Ideas

There are many ways you can incorporate this book into OT! Here are a few:

  • I love that you can use stories to explain broad concepts to kiddos. If you have a kiddo who is struggling with concepts like appreciation for what you have, gratitude, or self-reflection, this book can help to put them into easier-to-understand context.
  • Work on sensory, GM & executive functioning skills by having kiddos create a “nest” of their own. Gather materials from around the clinic/gym, and then have the kiddo build a “nest” to climb into. Try using materials with different textures, add some weighted items, and even put some balls or bean bags in the “nest” as “eggs.” Play a game like tossing the “eggs” at a target, or catching them so they don’t “break!”

References

Eastman, P. D. (1968). The best nest. Random House, Inc.

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