This is a beautiful book with oversized spreads centered around creatures in nature with feathers, and in the background of each picture, a cat fascinated by these birds.
The author/illustrator depicts the birds themselves in a stylized way on one half of the double-page spreads. Next to the birds are the feathers which are shown realistically. The birds range from the more “everyday” like the blackbird, the jay, and the turkey, to the more “exotic” like the stork, the ibis, and the peacock. The pictures of their feathers are gorgeous and may surprise you by their colors.
On the front endpapers, there is a guide to 23 different bird feathers, and the back endpapers have 19 more, as well as the “feathers” (or hair) of a cat. (The last two pages are devoted to the cat, who says, “Oh . . . me? I collect feathers…. Because I love overstuffed pillows. I am a dreamer cat. They call me Plume.”)
Evaluation: There isn’t a lot of information to accompany the pictures, but all the same they are entrancing, and might inspire little ones to seek out more background.
Published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2017