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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Perfect Nest

Perfection can sometimes be more than you bargained for and even quite humorous.

That's why I really enjoy reading the book, The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend. Kids love listening to this fun story and it's a great read aloud book. (Click on the picture to link to amazon.)

Jack the cat decides to build the perfect nest that "would attract the perfect chicken, who would lay a perfect egg, which would make a perfect omelet for a cat like Jack."

All looked good as the chicken arrived and laid an egg.  But then a duck arrived and pushed the chicken out of the nest and laid her egg. If that wasn't enough a goose happened by and saw the perfect nest. She pushed the duck out and laid her egg.

Three eggs lay in the nest. Jack's mouth was watering. But then the chicken, duck, and goose began to fight. Jack told them there was a better nest on the farm next door. So they all left to go to the farm.

Now Jack was ready to make his omelet. Suddenly the eggs hatched. Jack didn't know what to do.

He soon discovered there was no one to take care of the babies, except himself. So the nest became a perfect place for Jack and his three new babies.

FREE Extending the Reading Experience

It's important to expand students' comprehension on what they have read or the story they have heard. I usually read a story 2 or more times before focusing on comprehension.

Below are 2 comprehension worksheets I use with the story, The Perfect Nest. The first page supports retelling the beginning, middle, and end of the story through question and answers. The second page supports interpreting the text through questions and answers.

The pages can be completed in small groups, whole class instruction, or individually at a center.

Please click on the picture below to print out copies. Answer sheets are provided.
It will link you to teachers pay teachers where you can download a free copy from Picture Book Reviews With Writing Connections.

If you get a chance please stop by my Teachers Pay Teachers store and have a look around.  Leprechaun in the Classroom is a fun language arts product with great ideas!

Take Care,


  1. Thank you for commenting on our blog. I am your newest follower. I love the Perfect Nest too. I have that book and the kids love it. :)

    1. Primary Possibilities,
      Thank you for stopping by. I enjoyed visiting your blog, too. Have a wonderful week.