Litercurious Book Review
|Title||Birds Of A Feather: A book of Idioms and Silly Pictures|
|Author/Illustrator||Vanita Oelschlager / Robin Hegan|
|Publisher||Vanita Books; Reprint edition (May 1, 2011)|
|Format||Paperback, Library Binding, Hardcover|
|ISBN10/13||0980016282 / 978-0980016284|
IDIOM Noun – The language peculiar to a people or to a district, community, or class.Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, 30 February, 2021. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/idioms
Meet Vanita Oelschlager.
Birds of a Feather is eminently engaging, informative, entertaining, and educational for children young and old. It’s fun, whilst learning about idioms and improving a child’s linguistic understanding and technical use of language concepts. Oelschlager’s book also promotes an understanding of the cultural basis of language through the form of idioms.
Given that this work is only 32 pages in length, it feels much larger due to the numerous beautiful full page color illustrations.
Birds of a Feather‘s greatest strength is its simplicity.
No doubt, Birds of a Feather will be well received and loved by children and adults. Many years after a child has grown out of this book, they will still hold fond memories of the enjoyment of reading and learning about idioms. I struggle to remember a better tool for demystifying and teaching a child the complexities of language.
Despite being no spring chicken, I was totally taken with Oelschlager’s fabulously fun trek into the world of idioms. Birds of a Feather is the perfect synergy of concept and illustration which combine to excite the eye and engage the mind. Vibrantly colorful, beautifully drawn, and entertaining throughout, this book is a joy to any young child and the perfect edition to their growing library. Reading this book is like having your cake and eating it too; educational and entertaining.
Our team has decided to award Birds of a Feather our highest rating so far this year for a children’s book.
SPECIAL MENTION – ILLUSTRATOR
Robin Hegan, The illustrator of Birds of a Feather has produced a large range of humorous sketches that both amuse and educate the reader. Hegan has a particularly definitive artistic style that I very much enjoyed. I will be looking for his work in other literature.
I would like to thank Vanita Oelschlager, NetGalley, and Vanita Books for affording me the opportunity to review Birds of a Feather: A Book of Idioms and Silly Pictures.