Harriet's Ruffled Feathers: The Woman Who Saved Millions of Birds (Hardcover)
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Harriet Lawrence Hemenway loved hats. She loved them with ribbons and flowers, embroidery and pearls. And feathers! What was better than a hat with grand, glorious feathers? But then Harriet discovered that millions of birds died so that she and her friends could soar at the height of style. A passion for fashion was one thing, but this was feather-brained!
So Harriet led the charge to take feathers out of fashion, getting laws passed that made it illegal to buy or sell wild bird feathers. In 1896, she and her fellow bird protectors founded the Massachusetts Audubon Society, which grew into a national organization that still protects birds today! Additional information about conservation can be found in the backmatter of this engaging picture book.
Romina Galotta is an illustrator residing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where her two dogs let her use a couple of rooms of their house for work and sleep. She prefers traditional mediums such as watercolors, pencils, and gouache. She has illustrated several books, including Dear Librarian by Lydia M. Sigwarth and Harriet’s Ruffled Feathers by Joy McCullough. Her other talents include bird rescuing, apprentice tattooing, pizza making, and precision combat driving.
— Publishers Weekly
"This inspiring story of one woman’s ability to enact change is well served by McCullough’s succinct and playful storytelling style, featuring lots of avian wordplay. Galotta’s delicate and colorful watercolor illustrations are highly detailed; defined lines help accentuate both high-society refinement and beauty in the natural world."
— Horn Book Magazine
"The writing in this fictionalized biography, sprinkled with bird metaphors, sparkles . . . Pastel watercolors depict ladies in fashionable hats and dresses, the glorious plumage of many birds, and realistic natural environments."
"Lively text pairs perfectly with the dreamy, soft quality of the watercolor illustrations. This book not only tells Hemenway’s story, but with extensive and engaging back matter, also encourages readers to stand up for issues they believe in. . . A thoughtful biography . . . "
— School Library Journal