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Feathers and Fools Hardcover – April 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152004734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152004736
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 11.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,968,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This powerful allegory portrays the dire reactions of a "pride of magnificent peacocks" and a "flock of elegant swans" who cannot see beyond their differences. Upon noticing that the swans can fly and swim, the proud but insecure peacocks are infected by a blind fear that incites a build-up of arms: "a great quantity of feathers which they sharpened into arrows." The swans respond in like manner, and the two species hurl toward mutual destruction. However, "the bloodstained stillness" is redeemed when two chance hatchlings emerge; their celebration of what they hold in common augurs a peaceful coexistence. Fox's (Time for Bed) analogies strike familiar poses of human aggression and nuclear holocaust. While the text's pointed poetry will sink directly into children's hearts, debut illustrator Wilton's symbolically sophisticated, lushly colored acrylic paintings may be too static for younger readers; their mysteries, however, offer sensitive viewers possibilities for contemplation and discovery. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4?An antiwar allegory. A pride of peacocks notices that a flock of nearby swans can both swim and fly, feats they themselves cannot do. They wonder if the swans will use their strength aggressively. Soon they convince themselves that they are in danger, and begin stockpiling arms?only to be used defensively, of course. The swans then gather their own weapons. Fear and tension increase until the war both groups have been preparing for breaks out, triggered by a nervous mistake. "Soon cries filled the air and blood darkened the earth." Two eggs survive, two chicks hatch, a swan and a peacock. They recognize one another as fellow birds, more alike than different, and stumble away to share the world. This allegory is alive with symbolic references and ideas. The pictures, however, are what lift the story out of the ordinary. Wilton's full-page acrylic paintings on the right are framed with primitive borders laid against a second border of solid black. The left-hand page displays brief text set on a background of geometric and natural forms in symbolic shapes (roses and thorns, snakes and fish) in colors that are shaded with darkness but nonetheless vivid. This tale will be an easy step-off to discussion of the late arms-race, perhaps helping to clarify thoughts, even to changing opinions. Fox clearly implies that war is the result of stupidity and unreasonable fear.?Ruth Semrau, formerly at Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 2000
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Once again Mem Fox has captured an essential humancondition. Like so many of her previous picture books, Feathers andFools, lyrically pulls us into a story rich with meaning. We use this allegory in our Unit of Inquiry focusing on 20th Century Conflicts. Students are full of observations which they apply to history and to their personal lives. Perfect for use in IB-PYP schools. The beautiful illustrations by Nicholas Wilton successfully augment this tale of fear and new beginnings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen N Tait on November 17, 2013
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I use this in my high school classroom to discuss the arms race. Kids love it. It is well illustrated and cute despite it powerful message.
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I purchased this book in hopes of encouraging my students to put an end to unkind words which often crop up frequently right before school's out. The book really helped, of course, as the school year draws to an close I may have to reread it! Great message on celebrating how we are alike and how unproductive it is to pick each other apart for our differences! Feathers and Fool really gave my third graders something to think about!
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By Jose Miguel Jamias on January 13, 2009
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I LOVE Mem Fox and really like this book very much. A colleague recommended this book and right after reading it, I told myself that I want a copy of my own. The storyline is simple and yet very powerful and moving. I highly recommend this book (and all of Mem Fox's books) to everyone who is a teacher and/or a parent. Keep it up, Mem!
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