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Title:
Feathers for lunch
Author:
Ehlert, Lois.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1990]

©1990
Summary:
An escaped housecat encounters twelve birds in the back yard but fails to catch any of them and has to eat feathers for lunch.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 7561.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.9 1 Quiz: 03847 Guided reading level: D.
ISBN:
9780152305505
Format :
Book

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An escaped house cat encounters twelve common birds in the backyard but captures only feathers for lunch. Includes bird guide. "Destined to become an uncontested favorite with many children and adults."-- The Horn Book


Author Notes

Lois Ehlert was born November 9, 1934, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and the Layton School of Art. She has also worked as an art teacher, freelance illustrator, and designer. Her work as an author and an illustrator has appeared in countless publications and has received numerous awards and honors.

In addition to creating books, Ehlert has produced toys, games, clothes for children, posters, brochures, catalogs, and banners. She has received the Caldecott Honor Book, 1989, for Color Zoo, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year for Snowballs, the Booklist Editors' Choice for Cuckoo/Cucú: A Mexican Folktale/Un Cuento Folklórico Mexicano, the IRA Teachers' Choice and NCTE Notable Children's Trade Book in the Language Arts for Feathers for Lunch, the American Library Association Notable Children's Book and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-7. A cat on the prowl is looking for lunch--a bird he hopes--but all he ends up with are a few feathers, thanks to the bell on his collar. That small event is the peg for Ehlert's album of common (and mostly colorful) American birds, for as Kitty stalks, he encounters such feathered friends as a robin, a cardinal, a blue jay, and a red-headed woodpecker. The pictures are bold collages of stylized shapes and strong, unabashed colors. A lilac bush drips purple, the better to highlight green leaves and an oriole's rich orange breast. Likewise, a pair of Rembrandt tulips offset the dark blue-blacks and hot yellow-red of a red-winged blackbird's wing. The elemental text makes a stab at rhyming, but page flow interrupts the rhythm; what really counts are the illustrations that picture not only the labeled birds, but also some colorful spring and summer greenery. Lots of fun (though not to be viewed as a field guide). ~--Denise Wilms


Publisher's Weekly Review

Ehlert ( Fish Eyes ; Color Zoo ) brings her fresh, distinctive eye for color and design to the world of birds. Twelve of the most familiar appear--pursued but never truly threatened by a bell-wearing cat--in this collection of stunning cutout compositions, accompanied by simple, sprightly verse. ``But cats / can't fly / and they / can't soar; / and birds / know what / their wings are for.'' Lifesize and sporting plumage that, whether brilliant or muted, manages to suggest a feather's almost infinitely variegated hues, these are birds that truly soar. A succinct but informative glossary concludes this imaginative armchair excursion, which is at once an inspiring introduction to bird-watching and a pure visual treat. Ages 3-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-- This unusual book is both a story and a beginning nature guide. A pet cat wants to vary his diet with wild birds, but each attempt gains him only feathers. Twelve different bird species are carefully illustrated with scientific accuracy and can be used to teach identification; the final four pages offer additional facts. On each page, the bird's typical call is printed and plants pictured are named. The rhyming story appears in large, bold typeface, but the rhythm is somewhat awkward and the word choices forced. Against the white background, cut-outs of painted paper create vivid shapes that are not realistic and yet manage to include all the field identification marks. Small children will appreciate the apparent simplicity of the pictures while older readers will be more aware of their subtleties. --Carolyn Caywood, Virginia Beach Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.