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Title:
Feathers : not just for flying
Author:
Stewart, Melissa, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Summary:
"Young naturalists meet sixteen birds in this elegant introduction to the many uses of feathers."--
Language:
English
Reading Level:
910 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.1 0.5 164304.

Reading Counts RC K-2 6.3 1 Quiz: 62728.
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ISBN:
9781580894302

9781580894319
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

"Young naturalists meet sixteen birds in this elegant introduction to the many uses of feathers. A concise main text highlights how feathers are not just for flying. More curious readers are invited to explore informative sidebars, which underscore specific ways each bird uses its feathers for a variety of practical purposes. A scrapbook design showcases life-size feather illustrations."


Author Notes

"Young naturalists meet sixteen birds in this elegant introduction to the many uses of feathers. A concise main text highlights how feathers are not just for flying. More curious readers are invited to explore informative sidebars, which underscore specific ways each bird uses its feathers for a variety of practical purposes. A scrapbook design showcases life-size feather illustrations."


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Feathers are deceptively simple marvels of adaptation, providing not just locomotion for birds, but also protection, warmth, decoration, and comfort. This book celebrates the amazing versatility of these easily recognizable objects, which young readers might find right in their own backyards. Vividly rendered watercolor illustrations of feathers in life-sized scale complement the straightforward text that describes 16 species of birds and the unexpected functions of their feathers. Common birds, such as jays, cardinals, penguins, and swans, share pages with more exotic species, like the rosy-faced lovebird of Namibia and a type of sandgrouse found in the Gobi Desert. Stewart describes how chicks suck on the wet feathers of their parents to quench their thirst and how males of some species can play a type of high-pitched, squeaky love song by shaking their wings to attract female mates. Part science journal, part read-along nonfiction, Feathers succeeds in what such science books for young readers should strive to do: help young minds spot the extraordinary in the seemingly mundane.--Anderson, Erin Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Feathers are not only a means of avian locomotion-they also have many secondary purposes for birds. "Feathers can warm like a blanket... or cushion like a pillow," writes Stewart. "Feathers can shade out sun like an umbrella... or protect skin like sunscreen." Making skillful use of trompe l'oiel, Brannen's delicate, refined watercolors give the project the feel of a birders' scrapbook, as though the feathers, "photographs," informational notes, and other ephemera that appear have been taped, stapled, and clipped to the pages (one note even has a telling coffee cup stain). A focused and thorough examination that highlights the striking beauty of these often-unnoticed natural objects. Ages 6-9. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-Depicting birds from around the United States as well as South America, India, Africa, and Antarctica, Stewart illuminates the various functions of feathers. Presented in a scrapbook format with images and text that appear to be taped, stapled, or pinned to the pages, the book explains that feathers can provide sun protection, assist in carrying nest materials, or attract a mate with sound or color. All of these functions are subtly compared to everyday objects with which young readers will be familiar, such as backhoes and forklifts or umbrellas and sleds. Brannen's captivating, lifelike illustrations bring each bird's feathers to life. An author's note explains Stewart's main sources. With its simple text and captivating art, this title could be featured in a group storytime or in a unit on birds.-Meaghan Darling, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Birds and feathers go together, like trees and leaves, like stars and the sky. All birds have feathers, but no other animals do. Most birds have thousands of feathers, but those feathers aren't all the same. That's because feathers have so many different jobs to do. Excerpted from Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.