Birds of a Feather: Bowerbirds and Me

by Susan L. Roth

The author, a collage artist, compares her work to that of a bowerbird in this unique... read more

The author, a collage artist, compares her work to that of a bowerbird in this unique exploration of the creative process. As defined on the half-title page, male bowerbirds attract a female counterpart by building elaborate, twig-and- grass structures “adorned with bright-colored objects such as feathers, bones, shells, glass, and plastic.” Illustrator Roth collects and uses similar objects in her own work, using (beak-shaped) tweezers to carefully place each small piece, although her purpose is not to attract a mate but “to tell a story.” Both artist and bird are thoughtful, deliberate creators whose “finished works are much greater than the sum of their parts.” Additional facts about bowerbirds and the structures they build, along with greater insight into Roth’s collage making, are included in the back of this book that illuminates the creative processes of two otherwise very different creatures. (Ages 4–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2020

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