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Feathers: Not Just for Flying (PagePerfect NOOK Book)
     

Feathers: Not Just for Flying (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

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by Melissa Stewart
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
All birds have feathers, of course, but not only for flying. Biologist and prolific science writer Stewart explores for young naturalists many other ways that feathers are vital to birds. Take the peacock, for example, whose shimmering tail feathers attract a mate, or the female cardinal, whose drab brown feathers are perfect camouflage while she sits on her nest. Feathers of many birds share these functions, as do a blue jay’s fluffed-up feathers for warmth, but Stewart introduces others that will come as a surprise. What about the tri-colored heron, who raises his blue wings like an umbrella to block out reflections on the water when he is fishing—or the tiny South American club-winged manakin shaking his wing feathers to whistle at a female? Winter willow partridges grow a thick layer of feathers on their toes to act as snowshoes, while Florida’s anhingas produce no oil for their feathers, whose wet weight allows them to dive deep for crayfish and shrimp. Nine other birds fill the spreads with ingenious examples like the female rosy-faced lovebird, who uses her tail feathers like a forklift to carry nest-building materials. Artist Brannen coordinates and illustrates this information with her lovely watercolors of the birds as well as relevant artifacts painted to look pinned, stapled, or taped to the pages. Capturing the delicate detail and authentic colors of the feathers from downy roots to pointed or rounded tips, she also paints six types of feathers used in one method of scientific classification. (A note warns readers that collecting wild bird feathers is prohibited without a specific permit.) Fascinated young ornithologists will enjoy Stewart’s lively website, melissa-stewart.com, where they can learn about her research and, by clicking on “Kids ONLY,” try some nature-related activities. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft; Ages 5 to 9.
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607346272
Publisher:
Charlesbridge
Publication date:
02/25/2014
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,165,727
Lexile:
910L (what's this?)
File size:
19 MB
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Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Meet the Author

Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than one hundred fifty science books for children. She holds degrees in biology and science journalism. Recent books include No Monkeys, No Chocolate; Under the Snow Tree (Peachtree, 2009); and the A Place for series (Peachtree). She lives in Acton, Massachusetts.

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Feathers: Not Just for Flying 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Marvelous! Who knew there was so much to know about feathers? This book is great for those curious about birds - children as young as 4 and adult readers of all ages should enjoy it. I'm planning the curriculum of a summer naturalist series, and this book is perfect. I may even work it into a game that I learned in summer camp called "Fashion a Fish" that teaches the unique evolutionary traits of fish. This book is beautiful - well written - and chockfull of fun facts!