Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Children's Book Review, Feathers for Phoebe

Children's Book Review written by Susan Stephenson,

Have you guessed by now that I love birds? Perhaps you've noticed there's a bit of a chicken theme going at The Book Chook? So I was thrilled to discover that National Simultaneous Storytime (May 25 in Australia) had chosen Feathers for Phoebe as its picture book this year, and I was extra keen to read and review it.

What a delightful children's picture book this is! Feathers for Phoebe was written and illustrated by Rod Clement and published by Angus and Robertson, an imprint of Harper Collins, 2010.

Phoebe is small, grey, and ordinary - very ordinary. ′I want to get noticed!′ she declares.

Zelda is glamorous, talented and famous - and she runs the most popular beauty salon in the forest. And she′s only too happy to help Phoebe become the bird she′s always wanted to be. First a little feather headdress, then wing extensions - until Phoebe is transformed into a Diva.

She looks gorgeous - but when she tries to take off, surprises are in store for them both!

Clement invests Zelda and Phoebe with so much personality. Can't you just imagine Zelda's voice when she says, "Darling, darling, darling, the crest is a start but it's not enough. You need a tail!" Children will giggle over Phoebe's moves and grooves, and enjoy creating their own. Everyone who has ever contemplated a makeover will empathise with Phoebe's experiments, and rejoice when Phoebe meets another small grey bird, just like her.

Does Rod Clement share my love for our feathered friends? Aside from Feathers for Phoebe, titles like Olga the Brolga, Edward the Emu, and Edwina the Emu assure us that he does. But one look at the stunning illustrations in Feathers for Phoebe clinches it. His eye for detail and interpretation of the bird characters will make Feathers for Phoebe appeal to both adult readers and kids. And the delightfully humorous story makes a perfect read-aloud to share across Australia for National Simultaneous Storytime. Why not rush off to your local book store and grab your copy by May 25 so you can join the fun?

Check out the National Simultaneous Storytime website for teacher notes and activity sheets about Feather for Phoebe.

Read Children's Learning Activities, Feather for Phoebe.

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