The Unfeathered Bird by Katrina van Grouw
My copy of Katrina van Grouw‘s The Unfeathered Bird demanded to be placed on my coffee table. In the same way that everything about a cheetah says fast, everything about The Unfeathered Bird says coffee table book. There are 385 illustrations of 200 bird species. It is 287 pages long and weighs a couple of kilograms. When a book like that asks space on your coffee table, you ask “how much space?”. Fortunately, I have a sturdy coffee table.
I also have two small children (hence the sturdy coffee table). As a result, my first encounter with the content between the covers was not the orderly perusal with wine I had been planning for that night. Instead, it started with my 4-year-old, The Frogger, opening The Unfeathered Bird and asking, while staring at an immaculate illustration of a skinned bird foot, “Daddy, what is this book about?”
“It’s a book about birds. It shows you the insides of birds so we can learn how they work.” Continue reading
What is science-y about stories of my kids being adorable. Well, on the one hand, they are statistically significantly more adorable than average*. If it helps, I also refer to them as our human genetics experiment (n=2)**.
Punkface MacGruder (2yo) to The Frogger (4yo): Sister, you want ROCK OUT!?
Me: Frogger, when someone asks you if you want to ROCK OUT!, you say “YES!”
* Which, I suppose, would be an example of unconscious bias influencing a study’s results – if it weren’t also true.
** Also, evolutionary theory dictates that my fitness is determined by children.