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Birds of a Feather: Bowerbirds and Me

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  18 reviews
One makes colorful paper collages; the other, intricate environments out of found objects. And yet Susan L. Roth and the remarkable bowerbird are truly birds of a feather.

Sibert Medalist Susan L. Roth is like a bowerbird, a small black bird found in Australia and New Guinea that builds elaborate structures from various materials they find near their habitats.

Though Susan
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Neal Porter Books
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Artist Susan L. Roth (Parrots Over Puerto Rico) discusses her collage technique in comparison to that of a bowerbird. This is a really good introduction to the artistic process: "We, the bowerbirds and I, know that our goals often require many tries, many experiments, and lots of adjustments, but we always try to make the best collages that we can." I appreciated learning that she starts with blank paper the exact size of the book she's making! I don't know how often you see illustrations at the ...more
Maria Caplin
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful art work
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will be sliding this to our art teacher.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Collage artist Roth takes a look at the amazing bowerbird and how her work and their building process compare with one another. Both she and the bowerbird are collectors of random items. They use those items to create compositions. For the bowerbird, that is a bower for their courtship process. They both like unusual objects that they use to create art, things that no one else might ever combine in that way. They both pay attention to color and both seek out praise for their work in the end.

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Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 enormous stars for this unique exploration of the artistic process that is shared by the enchanting bowerbirds of Australia and the collage artist, Susan Roth. While the creative processes of both are the focus, readers also learn the fascinating facts about this bird artist who creates a bower to attract a mate.

Roth's wonderful collage illustrations depict the bird on one side and the artist herself on the other as they create their designs. Back matter provides facts about the bower birds, e
Teresa Bateman
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Susan L. Roth works in collage to create her amazing illustrations. In this book she compares herself to a bowerbird. They both collect interesting and diverse materials and use them to create artwork. In the (naturally) collage illustrations you see the artist at work, and also learn a fair amount about bowerbirds. The illustrations even illustrate the author illustrating this book! The book is fascinating on its own but it has a multitude of curriculum applications. Art teachers will love it. ...more
Read this for Mock Caldecott voting. This was an unusual book where the author, who uses collage art for illustrations, compares herself to Bowerbirds....who do much the same thing in decorating their environment. Although interesting, I thought the pictures were a little dark for youngsters and might not draw them in.
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sure to be useful to art teachers. Pair with Lois Ehlert's The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great for making connections between nature and art. Recommended for ages 4-6.
Lynne Marie
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this for it's unique cleverness, its inspiration and tie-in to art!
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Back matter!
Stunning and rich collages. Love the juxtaposition of human and animal behavior which gives an interesting focus on both art and nature.
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
An extremely crafty way of exploring how a Bowerbird and artist are alike through paper collage.
Edward Sullivan
Susan Roth explains how similar how similar her artistic process is to bowerbirds of Australia and New Guinea.
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Shauna Yusko
Better pairing with art lesson
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: collage and art creation requests
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Rounded up. I really enjoyed Roth's comparison of her collage making and that of Bowerbirds.
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Susan L. Roth creates unique mixed-media collage illustrations that have appeared in numerous award-winning children’s books, many of which she also wrote. Her book, Listen to the Wind, spent a year on the New York Times best seller list. The Mangrove Tree, which was released in 2011 and addressed Dr. Gordon Sato's mangrove tree-planting project, was the winner of Jane Addams Children's Book Award ...more