Birds and Their Feathers by Britta Teckentrup

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

This book is the perfect antidote to an overwhelming, overstuffed and overcomplicated world. The topic is simple: the feather. With her clean, textured illustrations and compact compartments of facts, Britta Teckentrup invites you to take a closer look at the art and utility elegantly condensed into this natural wonder.

As I read this book, I was constantly spouting unsolicited feather facts to my husband. Here is what I (and my husband) now know that we didn’t before:

  • While a new feather grows, it is connected to the bird’s blood supply but is disconnected once it’s fully formed and can’t be repaired (page 6)
  • Despite all the different size birds and feathers, most birds have the same number of tail feathers–12 (page 9)
  • Because of something called a “structural color,” the color of a blue jay appears blue from all angles, but if the feather is lit from behind it will appear brown! (page 17)

Which feather facts will you learn?

Located in Children’s Nonfiction (J 598.147 TEC)

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