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Feathers for Lunch Paperback – March 29, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 29, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152009868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152009861
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 7.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Ehlert ( Fish Eyes ; Color Zoo ) brings her fresh, distinctive eye for color and design to the world of birds. Twelve of the most familiar appear--pursued but never truly threatened by a bell-wearing cat--in this collection of stunning cutout compositions, accompanied by simple, sprightly verse. "But cats / can't fly / and they / can't soar; / and birds / know what / their wings are for." Lifesize and sporting plumage that, whether brilliant or muted, manages to suggest a feather's almost infinitely variegated hues, these are birds that truly soar. A succinct but informative glossary concludes this imaginative armchair excursion, which is at once an inspiring introduction to bird-watching and a pure visual treat. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-- This unusual book is both a story and a beginning nature guide. A pet cat wants to vary his diet with wild birds, but each attempt gains him only feathers. Twelve different bird species are carefully illustrated with scientific accuracy and can be used to teach identification; the final four pages offer additional facts. On each page, the bird's typical call is printed and plants pictured are named. The rhyming story appears in large, bold typeface, but the rhythm is somewhat awkward and the word choices forced. Against the white background, cut-outs of painted paper create vivid shapes that are not realistic and yet manage to include all the field identification marks. Small children will appreciate the apparent simplicity of the pictures while older readers will be more aware of their subtleties. --Carolyn Caywood, Virginia Beach Public Library
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

LOIS EHLERT has created many picture books, including Leaf Man, Pie in the Sky, In My World, Growing Vegetable Soup, Planting a Rainbow, and the bestselling Waiting for Wings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Customer Reviews

Great baby shower gift.
M. V. Bowman
The pictures are captivating and the story is entertaining.
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This book entertains and educates as well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Bright, bold, uncluttered illustrations and a jaunty rhyme make this a perfect book for children ages 1-4. Toddlers and older can also learn to recognize some common North American birds.
-One of our daughters' favorites.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
This wonderful book was the first favorite book of both my children; now the 5-year-old chants along from memory when the 18-month-old demands her daily reading(s). My only complaint about Feathers for Lunch is that it isn't available in a board book form--ours is held together with tape!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Wallis Davenport on December 29, 2005
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Another favorite of my 3 1/2 year-old daughter, along with "Top Cat" by the same author. Hmmm...is it possible that Top Cat or his little brother is the cat in "Feathers for Lunch"?

That aside, the pictures in this wonderful book allow a child a good first look at several North American birds, and the text introduces your child to their birdsong. All the birds are "drawn" (I believe they are actually designed by paper cut), to actual life-size.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As with all of Lois Ehlert's work, this is a bold, exciting, eye catching little work that actually teaches a child something while being extremely entertaining at the same time. This review in on the first edition hard cover of this book; one that if you can find you should purchase as it will last much longer than the soft back and as this is one of those books that will most certainly be given many reads and rereads, that is important.

This work features twelve of the most familiar of North American birds. The Northern Cardinal, Northern Oriole, Red-winged blackbird, Blue Jay, American Robin, Morning Dove, Ruby-throated Humingbird, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow, House Wren, Northern Flicker and Red-headed Woodpecker. The choice of these birds is important as they represent ones that are almost universally recognized and most can be seen on any given day.

Anyway, it would seem the cat got out of the house and is prowling for something "wild" for lunch, seemingly as his canned food is rather tame and mild. Not to fear though, as much as I hate to add a spoiler here, I must tell you that his hunt was quite unsuccessful and as the title would suggest, feathers are all that he was able to procure.

The illustrations in this work are actually quite amazing. The author has used different colored, textured and toned paper in a cutout fashion to create every picture in the books. I was actually quite amazed that she was able to represent each species of bird as accurately as she did. She certainly must have given her copy of Peterson's guide a workout, as she hits each and ever major identification point on each bird she depicts. Both extremely bright colors are perfectly blended with the more somber in a delightful manner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kris D. Larsen on June 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful little book for children to learn some common American birds and their calls. The story is about a cat trying to catch a bird for lunch but the bell on the collar keeps giving him away, hence "feathers for lunch" but the illustrations are almost all birds such as the Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, Morning Dove, House Wren, Northern Flicker, etc... My little boy actually likes Ehlert's "Top Cat" better, but this story has seen many readings. My boy can tell the difference between several birds that he sees in his backyard. Recommended for the little birders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlane A. Wainwright on February 13, 2013
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This book is terrific for two of my grandchildren (ages 4 and 7). I am helping them start a home bird watching project, and we will build a feeded to lnvite in the local birds soon. We live in different cities, so time is a factor in our projects. This book is a perfect fit, and I would recommend that every grandparent start their children on a home bird watching project. My one other grandchild, at 14, needs more advanced reading materials, but he also lives in Nevada, where the birda are completely different. However, the children can compare notes anyway, since every area has its resident birds - it gives then a chance to see the different residents of the Northeast and the High Desert.

This book has marvelous illustrations, and it features many of the birds my Eastern grandkids actually see in and around their house. The bird descriptions are accurate enough to be recognizable when one is spotted, and there is just about the right amount of information for the kids to enjoy and remember.

If there were a higher book rating number, I would have chosen that one! The book is entirely outstanding! Thanks for getting it to me promptly. Of course, as a regular book customer, that did not surprise me, but I do appreciate the steady, good service.

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Charlane - Syracuse, NY
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By flower on January 12, 2013
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"Feathers for Lunch"" went perfectly with a birdfeeder as a Christmas present for five year old child. I will buy this book again!
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By A Customer on May 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book, along with TOP CAT by the same author, are my kids' favorite books (ages 6,4 and 2). And I love them, too! I never tire of reading them out loud, although both of my older children can recite the book and "read" it themselves now. We checked it out from the library and kept renewing it over and over because the kids loved it so much. We finally bought our own copy and I know the kids are going to fight over who gets to take it with them when they move out 15 or so years from now. :) It is a delightful story and I love how Ms. Ehlert labels everything. I especially like the details provided at the end regarding the birds shown throughout the book.
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