Thursday, April 5, 2018

Birds and their Feathers by Britta Teckentrup (Prestel Publishing)

Britta Teckentrup's fantastic "The Egg" was a fabulous natural history book that stood up also as a really beautiful work of art...
The same can be said of "Birds and their Feathers", also by Britta and also taking the approach of being an utterly jaw-droppingly beautiful bird book, full of amazing facts - not so much about birds themselves (though there are so many different bird species included in this) but of their most important attribute, one of nature's pure wonders of creation, the humble feather.

Employing the same earth-tone coloring and delicate illustrations that featured in The Egg, Britta turns her gaze to the endlessly fascinating feathers in all their different shapes and sizes. 

What are feathers actually 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. 

It's a truly beautiful book this, one that has a wide age range appeal and is destined to become a firm favourite with children who love birds or nature itself. 

"Birds and their Feathers" by Britta Teckentrup is out now, published by Prestel Publishing (kindly supplied for review).