Awesome and funny illustrations by David Catrow! This book tells about the beginning of the Audubon Society. It was the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book for 1995 and other honors in 1996.
The back of the book says: The story of how the Audubon Society first took flight...Feathers on ladies' hats were becoming more and more popular. Harriet Hemenway and her cousin Minna Hall believed something had to be done. Fashion was killiong birds as well as women's chances to have the right to vote and be listened to. For who would listen to a woman with a dead bird on her head? And if the senseless slaughter for a silly fashion was not stopped, in a few years the birds with the prettiest feathers would all be dead, gone forever, extinct.
I say: A brief, true to facts narrative with a wonderfully humorous twist. The illustrations are really good - all the humans are capably cartoonized and the birds are faithfully represented - so are the hats, even though they look, to modern eyes, almost impossible to wear.