Vibrant Picture Book Follows Creation of a Bird Family Unit

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Walker’s Xlibris release explains what makes a house (or a nest) a home

the biggest, brightest, and most important nest in the whole forest.

Young readers will be delighted as author Doris I. Walker tells a vibrantly-illustrated, lesson-filled story about a family of “bufflebirds.” Released through Xlibris, The Test of A Nest features a stream of lively colors and concepts, which brings to life a unique story that is highly recommended for children.

The Test of A Nest offers an appealing glimpse into the creation of a bird family unit as it closely follows one bird’s own challenge to create “the biggest, brightest, and most important nest in the whole forest.” This figurative tale reflects the solidarity of parents in building the nest. But, as it grows bigger and brighter, their nest is put to a test. Valuable lessons unfold as the “bufflebirds’’ witness the cracking of their egg, revealing their small, very plain baby bird – but to them the most important thing in the whole forest.

Through The Test of A Nest, children will understand the importance of parents working together, and will realize what makes a house (or a nest) a home. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
Doris I. Walker began writing for publication at age eight, producing a newsletter for her elementary school. She was also editor of her high school and college publications. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University, then attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Walker has edited corporate publications and written for magazines and newspapers. The author has taught for two community colleges, and given presentations to library, historical and travel groups, and blind students. The versatile communicator has co-founded a historical society and an annual whale festival. Numerous national writing awards have honored her “way with words” in history, science and education.

The Test of A Nest* by Doris I. Walker
Publication Date: January 8, 2010
Picture Book; $15.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4500-0050-5

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