A big thank you to my student Federica for sharing with me this beautiful book
by the French illustrator Isabelle Simler. I really enjoy the elegant spareness
of the compositions, and the interesting balance between realism and stylization
of the illustrations. Together with a variety of birds and their feathers,
in each spread we get a peek at a mysterious black cat. This possibly dangerous
creature at the end turns out to be a feather collector, and his presence
is sure to make the reading more fun and exciting for young children.
Plumes was published last May in France by Éditions Courtes et Longues.