These illustrations are from Katrina Van Grouw’s book The Unfeathered Bird, a book the New York Times calls, “irresistible.”
As this slideshow makes abundantly clear, the illustrations in The Unfeathered Bird are arresting, beautiful, and informative, but Jim Gorman, writing in today’s Science Times, also has high praise for the text of the book:
This is a coffee-table book, and compelling images are enough to sell such a volume, but “The Unfeathered Bird” delivers on the other promise of such books, not always fulfilled, that there should be something to read.
The text doesn’t compete with the wit of the drawings, but serves in the necessary position of supporting actor. Wherever you stop to read you are rewarded with nicely turned and erudite discussions of how and why each bird is built the way it is.
[Source: Flights of Winged Majesty, New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/science/flights-of-winged-majesty-review-of-the-unfeathered-bird.html]
The Unfeathered Bird