The illustrations show a variety of feathered creatures in their natural habitats as they hunt for food, impress their mates, nest, and care for their young. The concise, accessible text provides information ranging from clever techniques for finding food to remarkable physical features to fascinating behaviors. But above all, Geraldo Valerio shares his passion for birds in this lovingly created album, inspiring young readers with their beauty and the excitement of discovery.
Includes an introduction, glossary, index and sources for further information.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-02-22
- Reviewer: Staff
In an elegant homage to birds, Valério uses cut-paper collage to create delicately crafted scenes that imbue his subjects with energy and individuality. The large trim size keeps the artwork front and center, though Valério also describes each bird in clear and lively passages: “Great Horned Owls are birds of the night. They have sharp hearing and can see well in the dark, which makes them excellent hunters.” With their clean, geometric layering and bold presence, the images often evoke the iconography of Mayan, Inuit, and other indigenous art, as well as the work of Charley Harper. It’s an inviting combination of information and artistry that subtly encourages readers to observe and reflect on bird life. Ages 5–up. (Apr.)