today’s children storybook is
Feathers for Lunch
by Lois Ehlert
Storyline: This is a story about a cat that sneaks out through a crack in the door. The animal is not named, but is identified by onomatopoeia, Jingle-Jingle. The narrator tells us that the cat went out to find a “a spicy treat for today’s menu” aka to hunt a bird. But the cat has a bell at his collar and the birds get the warnings and fly away at the sound, leaving the cat with only feathers for his menu.
This book is written in rhyme. Along the storyline, which is not much of a plot, there is a whole new layer of information. As we move along with the cat, page after page, through what appears to be a garden, we meet different birds and plants, all of which are labeled right on that page so we know the name of them.
At the end of the book, there are 4 pages dedicated to the birds in the book, with illustrations and basic but useful information about them.
Age is not specified
Characters: Cat, American Robin, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, House Wren, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird, Northern Oriole, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, House Sparrow, American Goldfinch (this also the list of birds that appears in the book).
Illustration: Lois Ehlert has also done the illustration which in this case is quite spectacular. The paintings are big and vivid, very bold, like a statement in the face! Sometimes the illustration even looks like 3D. Remarkable is that all the birds in the book, but the last 4 pages, are portrayed at life size, as stated at the end of the book.
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