BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Chic & Country - - Book Mark - Birds and Their Feath­ers, Britta Teck­en­trup, pub­lished by Pres­tel Avail­able: March 2018

Since 1993 Britta Teck­en­trup has writ­ten and il­lus­trated over 90 chil­dren's pic­ture books and has helped thou­sands of read­ers ex­plore and learn about topics, and the won­ders of na­ture, that we some­times take for granted. Her lat­est book, Birds and Their Feath­ers, fo­cuses on the feather and she in­tro­duces the com­plex sub­ject of plumol­ogy – which is the sci­ence as­so­ci­ated with the study of feath­ers. Her won­der­ful draw­ings bring her sub­ject to life, and she ex­plains what they are made of and how feath­ers aid flight (us­ing the owl as an ex­am­ple).

But she ex­plains through the book that feath­ers are im­por­tant for other rea­sons too – for com­mu­ni­ca­tion, pro­tec­tion and in­su­la­tion. She also show­cases birds where feath­ers are sim­ply an ex­tra­or­di­nary spec­ta­cle - it is no real sur­prise that the pea­cock has pride of place. This book is sure to en­er­gise a new breed of young or­nithol­o­gists!

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