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27 pages
Published (first published 1951)
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List for #nerdcott
248th out of 335 books — 37 voters
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Jul 13, 2012 Lorna rated it it was ok
1952 Caldecott Honor

Favorite illustration: Full-color page where the birds are getting measured for their new looks and trying on feathers.

Favorite line: "There will be measuring, fitting, trimming, cutting, pinning, puckering, stitching, and hemming."

Kid-appeal: This is a super wordy folk-tale that helps to explain how birds got their feathers. My own daughter thought it was awful . . . while I can't think of a specific, more contemporary text that explains how birds got their looks, there has
Cassandra Gelvin
Dec 03, 2016 Cassandra Gelvin rated it liked it
Why do birds have feathers? This book doesn't know.

It's a weird story. I guess it's based on an Iroquois legend. Basically, once upon a time, birds had no feathers. (Somehow they were able to fly, nonetheless. We're not really sure how.) They were just always naked and pink. They didn't really mind, but when they realized all the other animals were making fun of them, they called on the Great Spirit, "as our friends the Indians do," you know, "Please give us coverings!" and the Great Spirit said
This book won a 1952 Caldecott Honor, otherwise I probably never would have picked it up. It is based off a Native American tale and tells the story of how birds got their feathers. Like a lot of books from this time period, I think it's too long to hold the attention of both the reader (myself) and my 2 year old (I'm sure anyone under 5 would have trouble). The illustrations were not that interesting either. Recommended for ages 4-7, 2 stars.
Feb 16, 2012 Ed rated it liked it
Shelves: nerdcott-2012
In my opinion, this is one of the strangest books to get a Caldecott Honor. It is a very interesting story, and most of the illustrations are good, but I wouldn't call the illustrations distinguished in any way. The full color pages are very interesting, and some of them are very strange, indeed. Worth reading once, but I'm not sure I will read it again.
Feb 08, 2013 Paul rated it liked it
I wasn't sure about this book until I realized it was Native Peoples tale of how birds got their feathers - all the pre-feathered birds are pretty creepy looking. The owls are illustrated with the most character throughout although the turkey vulture is the hero, and the two-page color spread of the sandpipers and piping plovers is the best. The text is probably too long for young listeners.
Jul 08, 2013 Brindi rated it liked it
1952 Caldecott Honor

I'm giving this 3 1/2 stars instead of 4 because I wasn't too keen on the illustrations until the feathers, which were beautiful. And as my co-worker and I discussed, we enjoyed that the hero of the tale is a turkey buzzard. I'm very curious as to why the author chose this particular bird...
May 02, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott
An interesting picture book on the origin of birds and their feathers. This book had great illustrations as well!
Katie Fitzgerald
Read for #nerdcott. Reviewed in Caldecott Challenge Post #40:
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