What does a bowerbird have in common with author/illustrator Susan L. Roth? It turns out alot! In her story, Birds of a Feather: Bowerbirds and Me, Roth describes her art process in an interesting way. She compares it to how bowerbirds make their nests. They both collect unusual objects for their creations. They also love adding color to their projects. Roth uses tweezers and her hands to manipulate materials, while bowerbirds use their beak and claws.
Readers are going to love this idea of comparing oneself to an animal. They’ll also enjoy the illustrations composed with all different kinds of material. For curious readers who want to learn more about Roth and bowerbirds, they’ll be happy to find detailed information in the back matter.
AASL Standards Framework for Learners: Explore/Think V.A.1 Learners develop and satisfy personal curiosity by reading widely and deeply in multiple formats and create for a variety of purposes.
Invite learners to think about something they love to do. Is there an animal that has an affinity for the same thing? Direct learners to create Venn Diagram to show the similarities and differences they have with the animal. Explain that they will have to do some research to find as much information as they can to make a strong argument for their comparisons.
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