Plume by Isabelle SimlerPlume by Isabelle Simler


byIsabelle Simler

Picture Books | August 14, 2017

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New York Times selection for Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2017

In this lovely book, young readers are introduced to a variety of beautiful birds, from the familiar chicken to the exotic ibis. But lurking in the background of every page is a cat, who also seems very interested in the birds.

With its funny illustrations and engaging concepts, this clever counting book will invite readers to linger over every page.
Isabelle Simler graduated from the Graduate School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. Since then, she has written and illustrated several picture books, all of which focus on the natural world. Isabelle Simler leads drawing workshops for children based on The Blue Hour, teaching students how to represent nature through the lens of a sin...
Title:PlumeFormat:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:42 pages, 13 × 9 × 0.4 inShipping dimensions:13 × 9 × 0.4 inPublished:August 14, 2017Publisher:WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0802854923

ISBN - 13:9780802854926


Rated 4 out of 5 by from beauty of feathers & stealth of a cat The delicate drawings in beautiful color of the feathers - plumage or plumes, is a real treat to ponder over. The amazing variety of birds pictured by Isabelle Simler is wonderful and while the feathers are rather detailed and startlingly beautiful, the birds themselves are less natural or detailed. They are quite sufficient to identify the bird and she has imbued them with subtle expressions that indicate their knowledge and fear of black cat which is nearby. Young children probably won't fully appreciate the delicacy and intricate drawings of the beautiful bird feathers. Nor will they "get" the sneaky, stealth of the black cat. But the cunning black cat is present and creeping up on the birds all through the book. The "story" is virtually non-existent. Each two-page spread features and names a bird with a bit of Plume the black cat shown. And at the end the "...or Me" ("Me" is cat whose name is Plume). The artist/author is obviously using a play on words to name the cat Plume (definition of plume is "a long, soft feather or arrangement of feathers used by a bird for display or worn by a person for ornament") since he collects feathers. Who will enjoy this book? I think that guided reading or perusal by parents, teachers, or librarians with children would be appropriate and enjoyable. A rare child might enjoy it on his or her own and grasp the beauty of the feathers and the stealth and character of the black cat, Plume. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Eerdmans Publishing to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and freely given.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beatiful illustrations, fun book This book is simple and the illustrations are simply stunning. I have no idea how you can depict feathers so beautifully and intricately but it is accomplished perfectly inside its covers. On each page is a gorgeous, curious black cat observing all the different types of birds. Her name is Plume. She appears to the reader to be stalking each unique bird that is presented. The cat is pursuing for sure, but the reason that is disclosed at the end of the book is a lovely surprise and exposes her gentle, creative nature. I think this book is amazing and I love how the author/illustrator opens and closes the book with a visual collection of a variety of bird feather's that are found in nature. They are all labelled so you can identify the bird from which it originated. "Plume" is a charming book that kids (and adults too) will engage in. It is sure to inspire the reader to become avid bird watchers and appreciate the beauty of nature around them. You can play a game of finding out where the cat is hiding all through the story. I highly, highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-06-12

Editorial Reviews

Booklist "A black cat sneaks its way onto each spread of this lovely look at birds and their unique feathers. A nose here, a bit of tail there-the artfully concealed cat is a clever detail that will keep kids interested in this avian study..Delicately textured and detailed, these illustrations show the patterns, colors, and beauty present in every plume, and readers will appreciate how no two are alike. The large-scale illustrations make this book well suited for group sharing, though the feathers will warrant a closer look, and the mix of new and familiar birds will keep youngsters engaged."Kirkus Reviews " Simler portrays her subject matter-birds and their feathers-in finely rendered, realistic detail. . . . Lovely."School Library Journal "Exquisitely detailed. . . . Delightful."