BIRDS AND THEIR FEATHERS
By: Britta Teckentrup
Published: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Prestel Junior
When I was a child, I remember the delight in finding a feather on our farm. They were usually nothing too exciting, but they were always soft. I would brush my fingers across the feather and carry it around. Usually, the feathers were grey or white, but sometimes I’d find a feather from a pheasant or blue jay in our yard. If I was really lucky, I would find a peacock feather while visiting my aunt’s farm, but that was rare.
Children seem to always have a fascination with feathers. Adults will often connect them to a departed loved one as a sign from heaven, as in the movie, “Forrest Gump”. Feathers are more than just what gives the birds their color but also critical to their protection and flight.
Teckentrup teaches children the importance of feathers, the various birds and how both wings and feathers are used for types of flying including gliding, flapping, hovering. The illustrations almost have a multi-media, three-dimensional look to them. The images of birds on the pages are worthy of framing. The paper quality is high, giving the book a high-end art feel. This is a coffee table book to appreciate, learn from, and enjoy together as a family.
Younger children will enjoy looking at the pictures and learning the names of the birds. Older children can appreciate more of the science behind feathers and how they protect and make birds the unique animals they are.
Beyond the importance of feathers for the birds, the author also teaches the history of feathers in human use including pillows, coats, hats, and writing. This book is a beautiful way to share a love of birds and educate elementary to middle-grade readers about the importance of feathers.
Check out this video I shared on Instagram while flipping through the book, HERE.
Britta Teckentrup was born in Germany and moved to England in 1988. She is the author and illustrator of many books for children. She now lives in Berlin with her husband and young son. For more information, check out her website, HERE.
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