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Katherine Tegen Books
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9.2 X 10.2 X 0.5 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Henry Cole was a celebrated science teacher for many years before turning his talents to children's books. He has worked on nearly one hundred and fifty books for children, including Unspoken, Big Bug, A Nest for Celeste, Jack's Garden, and On Meadowview Street. Henry loves being outside, where he can sketch and write. His favorite sound is the first robin song of the spring. You can visit him online at

Henry Cole has written and illustrated more than 150 books for children, including Spot, the Cat; And Tango Makes Three; Oink?; and Little Bo in France. He is also the illustrator of With a Little Help from My Friends by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. A former elementary school teacher, he now writes and paints full time.


"Beautiful, informative, and appropriate to the audience. Robin's-egg blue highlights this account of an American robin family's year. [The] bright color contrast[s] arrestingly with [the] black-and-white surroundings. Cole varies the design from vignettes and panels to full- and double-page spreads. The relatively simple text, expressed in short sentences, is very accessible, and the natural history is accurate. Aimed at a younger audience, this conveys essential information." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Cole's fine-line drawings--black-and-white, with occasional washes of robin's-egg blue--use short, agitated lines and layered hatching to richly render the birds' world." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Scenes of incredible detail and beauty. Though considered fiction, everything in this story is true to nature, which is unsurprising considering Cole's past as a science teacher. He uses limited but smoothly written text to describe a year in these robins' lives. The arresting artwork is large enough to share in a group setting, but youngsters will also want to pore over its many details." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Cole's nature sketches reveal a keen eye and hand. A stellar offering. Nature lovers of all ages will enjoy this beautiful, informative book." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"Cole illustrates a pair of robins, employing gentle black-and-white crosshatching and one dramatic pop of color: the signature deep robins'-egg blue of the eggs. Uncomplicated language describes the nesting process, while illustrations both mirror and extend the text. [A] solidly scientific account." -- Horn Book Magazine