Monday, July 23, 2018

Birds and Their Feathers by renowned bestselling author Britta Teckentrup [Review and Giveaway - USA & CANADA]

ISBN13: 9783791373355
Hardcover $16.95 ~ Ages 6 and up
My thoughts:  This is an unusually beautiful and interesting book that takes the reader, young or old, on a journey of understanding feathers. I never imagined the complexities and versatility of feathers. The plumage that we as humans take for granted when we view a large or small bird is not only beautiful, it is a tool of flight, a means of protection, a means of attraction, etc.

The field of study that focuses on feathers is called Plumology or Bird Feather Science or Plumage Science.

Who hasn't marveled are the beautiful coloration of birds and the iridescence glint of a hummingbird? Who hasn't been spellbound by the flight of an Eagle or the swoop of a bird diving for a fish in the vast ocean? Who doesn't love the airy, colorful beauty of a peacock's feather? Who hasn't treasured a feather found on the grass or street and taken it home?

This book is a  "must get" for those who love all things birds. You don't have to be an "birder" to appreciate the information this little volume holds to enrich you understanding. You just have to have a fascination with learning because as you read these pages, you will learn - in simplified phraseology - so very much about birds and their feathers. I was just so impressed with the amount of information this gentle educational prose brought to the pages of this delightful book.

As the end of the book approaches, the author gives the reader a brief touch on the history of the human delight in birds and their love of feathers and dream of flying.

I truly love the illustrations. They are not intended to be precise paintings of the birds, They are lovely, colorful, deftly presented for our edification and enjoyment. The book is beautifully bound with stitches to hold the pages. Not often seen these days. A truly lovely book.

Classified as for ages up to grade four, I truly think that adults will also enjoy this book immensely.

About the book: The creator of The Egg returns to her avian explorations with this wondrous, charming, and informative examination of feathers.

Hailed as "a magnificent volume that offers hours of lingering pleasure... fertile ground for conversation and imagination," (Midwest Book Review) Britta Teckentrup's The Egg introduced children to one of nature's most perfect creations. Now, employing the same earth-tone coloring and delicate illustrations that have made her an enormously popular children's author, Teckentrup turns her gaze to the endlessly fascinating feather. What are they made of? Why do birds have so many of them? How do they help birds fly? And what other purpose do they serve? By providing accessible answers to these and other questions, this delightful book introduces young readers to the wonders of "plumology," while also drawing them in with enchanting illustrations. An exquisitely rendered fusion of art and science, this marvelous book satisfies young readers' natural curiosity about the world around them.

About the author: BRITTA TECKENTRUP is the author and illustrator of many beloved children's books, including the bestselling The Memory Tree, The Odd One Out, and Grumpy Cat, along with The Egg, Before I Wake Up..., Oskar Loves..., and Oskar and Mo (all by Prestel). She lives and works in Berlin.
Begins July 24
Ends August 15 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA and CANADA addresses only.
a Rafflecopter giveaway DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from MMPublicity on behalf of Prestel Publishing and the author to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.


  1. "What is your favorite bird?" I like tiny little yellow birds that chirp prettily, and these grey ones have seen with delicate heads that wash themselves by rolling around in the dust (maybe lots of birds do this).

    "Did you or has your child ever found a bird's feather? Were you able to identify the type of bird and/or the type of feather it was?" I found feathers a few times when I was young. I never knew what they were--maybe crow's feathers or somesuch.

  2. My favorite bird is the Blue Jay. My favorite color is blue. I know Blue Jays are quite noisy, but so are most birds.

  3. My favorite bird is the Hummingbird.

  4. Our favourite bird right now is the sandhill crane. We haven't seen one live yet, so no chance for a feather.

  5. I think puffins are pretty cute. I've seen found bird feathers before, but have not identified them.

  6. I love roadrunners and hummingbirds. We find and identify many feathers.

  7. This book looks lovely! Thanks for sharing it at Booknificent Thursday on!

  8. I love peacocks! I bought some peacock feathers at an Amish farmers’ market and they are truly beautiful! I really don’t know how to identify other bird feathers, but I would live to learn.


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