Kid Lit Review of “Plume” by Isabelle Simler

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.

From the French edition

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

From the French edition

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6 Responses to Kid Lit Review of “Plume” by Isabelle Simler

  1. mae says:

    I wonder if the illustrator of this book put the cat silhouette in with the birds for some twisted reason — since the major threat to songbirds in American cities is pet cats. Cat lovers are in denial about it, but those who study the issue find that housecats are amazing hunters. Maybe this book is TOO realistic!

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    • I’ve seen a number of children’s books that gloss over or emit altogether the whole predator/prey issue. I imagine they do not want to scare children, but I don’t know for sure what the motivation is.

  2. BermudaOnion says:

    This looks gorgeous!

  3. Oh! I adore this. I saw this on Netgalley, but it wasn’t available then. It look beautiful.

    Happy New Year to you both! 🙂

  4. Beth F says:

    I love the art!

  5. stacybuckeye says:

    This looks like a pretty book. The Cleveland Botanical Gardens used feathers, half dipped in glitter, to help decorate their Christmas tree this year and it was beautiful and made me think of trying it next year!

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