Reviews for Feathers for Lunch


Publishers Weekly Reviews 1996 March #1
"Ehlert brings her fresh, distinctive eye for color and design to the world of birds," said PW about this collection of "stunning" cutout compositions, "at once an inspiring introduction to bird-watching and a pure visual treat." Ages 3-8. (Mar.) Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 1990 August #5
Ehlert ( Fish Eyes ; Color Zoo ) brings her fresh, distinctive eye for color and design to the world of birds. Twelve of the most familiar appear--pursued but never truly threatened by a bell-wearing cat--in this collection of stunning cutout compositions, accompanied by simple, sprightly verse. ``But cats / can't fly / and they / can't soar; / and birds / know what / their wings are for.'' Lifesize and sporting plumage that, whether brilliant or muted, manages to suggest a feather's almost infinitely variegated hues, these are birds that truly soar. A succinct but informative glossary concludes this imaginative armchair excursion, which is at once an inspiring introduction to bird-watching and a pure visual treat. Ages 3-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1990 Cahners Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 1990 December
PreS-Gr 2-- This unusual book is both a story and a beginning nature guide. A pet cat wants to vary his diet with wild birds, but each attempt gains him only feathers. Twelve different bird species are carefully illustrated with scientific accuracy and can be used to teach identification; the final four pages offer additional facts. On each page, the bird's typical call is printed and plants pictured are named. The rhyming story appears in large, bold typeface, but the rhythm is somewhat awkward and the word choices forced. Against the white background, cut-outs of painted paper create vivid shapes that are not realistic and yet manage to include all the field identification marks. Small children will appreciate the apparent simplicity of the pictures while older readers will be more aware of their subtleties. --Carolyn Caywood, Virginia Beach Public Library Copyright 1990 Cahners Business Information.

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