Tuesday, July 19, 2016

For The Love of Birds

  
              Thanks to Alyson Beecher's Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge at Kidlit Frenzy, everyone shares wonderful non-fiction picture books. We learn much from authors who write about special topics.




               In this book, there is no story other than an intro by Geraldo Valério telling of his love of birds. However, the pages Valério has designed and filled with glorious paper collages of the birds of North America, filling double pages when there are larger birds. The text about each is brief, but sometimes extra information is added. There is a glossary, further sources of information and an index. 


             The bird collages please in their intricacy, managing to show action and bursting with color. Some pages show small parts from the text, like a semblance of a tree with blue herons, where they build their nests. Another favorite of mine shows the male and the female Mallards, nestled in water, with a predator taking a look over in the corner. Not only is this book lovely, but the front endpapers show eggs from each bird, and the back endpapers showcase the feathers.
                I might use this as a mentor text for non-fiction illustrated research, with a lesson in collage art. I certainly would have it in my classroom as a source when studying birds, a beginning to inspire an interest in the amazing variety of birds here in North America. It's a beautiful book!

Here is one spread that I loved, but  illustrator webpage shows many other gorgeous ones here!

12 comments:

  1. What a stunning book! Thanks for sharing it with us, Linda!

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    1. It is amazing! Thanks, Catherine.

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  2. Such an interesting art style for a nonfiction book. It's beautiful.

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    1. I love seeing collage, and this is unusual, all paper as he describes in his intro. Thanks, Annette.

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  3. Yes, my library just got a copy of this, I can't wait to get my hands on it and explore those stunning illustrations!

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    1. Terrific! You will love it, Jane.

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  4. I wrote this book down because our kindergarten students study birds. I'd like to get this for them.

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    1. They may not be able to read everything, but the illustrations will show them so much. Thanks, Michele.

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  5. This looks like a gorgeous book. Thanks for the link to the illustrator's site.

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    1. You're welcome, Crystal. It's quite good!

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  6. I remember a year or so ago there were so many great bird books released. It looks like this can join that collection!

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    1. You're right, it does belong to that group. Thanks, Earl.

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