Feathers and Hair: What Animals Wear

illus. by Jing Jing Tsong. 48p. ebook available. S. & S./Beach Lane. Mar. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481430814.
PreS-Gr 1—Beginning with patterned tail feathers on the title page that lead to a multicolored bird, digitally painted spreads feature a vibrant progression of animals with feathers, hair, spines, armor, shells, horns, skin, scales, or fur, plain or gaudy—and "only one wears clothes from head to toes." The book's art is brightly colorful, with detailed images that convey the motion of each animal from varied perspectives and highlighted words with a change of font. Additional information pages follow the introductory rhyming text, describing each animal with words for building vocabulary (bristle, contour, down, crustacean, mollusk, gills, pachyderm) or interesting facts, e.g., "the muscles of an octopus can create lumps, ridges and spikes…to match the texture of its surroundings." Each featured creature is also categorized as a mammal, an amphibian, a bird, a fish, or a reptile.
VERDICT An eye-catching addition for younger readers, with multiple uses in classroom or library.

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