Thank you to Rebecca Upjohn and the March 2017 Nonfiction Archaeology Class for this Compass Summary
Nugget: Two young robins share their story of "growing up".
Needs Enticement: About the life of robins. A side story is told from the POV of the sibling robins and personalizes the main story and also offers the opportunity to add info that would slow down the narrative but enrich understanding. It's like a sidebar--sort of--but with two little robins speaking.
Escalation: From the parents' spring migration, building a nest, raising young, teaching them and keeping them safe, to the fall migration. Including the risks: some eggs and young birds don't survive. Challenges: growing up as a robin.
Satisfying Ending: Promise of return next year. Brings the story full circle.
Show words: Not sure this applied however the author did integrate an aspect of what inspired her to write this book into this story.
Why: Gives meaning/understanding to a commonly seen bird.
Need and Want: Growing up as a robin is exciting and not every bird survives.
Sources: 5 books, 2 websites. Author's note on what inspired the story. Also a glossary and 2 pages of "More About Robins" in a Q & A format.
This author is also the illustrator.