Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Feathers and Hair: What animals wear by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong

Jennifer Ward teams up with a new illustrator for another great guessing story, perfect for programming.

In brisk rhymes, the text moves through the different types of skin and protective covers of animals. "Some wear a traveling shell./Some wear tough and pointy horns that serve them very well." The story ends with an exuberant, dark-skinned child wearing clothes.

An afterword explains the different types of animal physique in simple language. Readers will learn about different types of feathers and hair, what an armadillo's armor is made of, why a hermit crab wears a shell, why owls have the coloring they do, and even about human hair follicles.

Bright, splashy colors explode across the pages in broad strokes, creating big, bold illustrations. This isn't a book to examine closely for small details - it's one to hold up before a large audience and listen to ooohs and aaahs of delight as each new marvel is revealed.

Verdict: Add this book to your storytime repertoire - and library shelves - immediately!

ISBN: 9781481430814; Published 2017 by Beach Lane Books; Borrowed from another library in my consortium

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