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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Birds of a Feather: Bowerbirds and Me Susan L. Roth

Birds of a Feather: Bowerbirds and Me
Susan L. Roth
Neal Porter Books. Holiday House. 2019
Preschool thru adult

Artist extraordinaire, Susan L. Roth (Parrots Over Puerto Rico), so cleverly shows us how an artist and a bird, the bowerbird, found in Australia and New Guinea have something in common.

Just how are Roth and the bowerbird similar?
They both love to collect all sorts of materials they find in their surroundings to create collages.

Told with a simple and engaging narrative, it’s Roth’s signature collage illustrations that moves the story forward.

Back matter includes facts about bowerbirds, how both Roth and bowerbirds are similar in their creation of collages and how they differ, and bibliography.

A stunning informational picture book that rises to the top. I love how, once again, we see just how important art is to our lives.


  1. Fan of bowerbirds & have my own bowerbird manuscript that I hope will some day be a book!! This was an interesting take on the creative process 🐦

  2. Love the concept and the illustrations! Adding to my TBR list. Thanks for the heads up!