Although Sue at Archimedes Notebook has already mentioned this title, Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen definitely deserves a second look.
Melissa Stewart has done a phenomenal job crafting the dual-level text. She relates the jobs that different types of bird feathers do to human-produced objects, making the ideas both concrete and memorable.
Sarah S. Brannen’s yummy watercolor illustrations look like you should be able to pluck them from the page. The scrapbook style is sure to inspire children to take up nature journalism.
Feathers: Not Just for Flying would be a perfect gift for budding ornithologists, as well as a must have for a unit on birds. At Growing with Science we have a more extensive review, information about feathers, and suggestions for activities to extend the book.
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