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Fur and Feathers Hardcover – August 10, 2010
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"Fur and Feathers is a wonderful story of creativity, learning and the magic of animals. Any child who loves animals will thrill in this book. . . .I can't recommend Fur and Feathers enough." --Cafe of Dreams
Fur and Feathers. . . .helps children believe in their dreams and imaginations, all while teaching children about the different animal coverings and why each animal needs to have their very own kind of covering." --Story Time Under the Stars
"Highly recommended as a read aloud for the younger set, and a read aloud science-based picture book through mid-elementary." --She's Too Fond of Books
"My little girl just loved this tory. . . .this was a great book to teach her why the animals had different type of skin to keep them warm. . . .and what a fun way for her to learn about it." --Chrissy's World of Books --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a charming story about a little girl named Sophia who dreams of a wild wind that whips the coats off of animals and various other creatures. The poor animals then need her help to make new coats and coverings for them. It is a delight to see Sophia try and then find just the right "clothing" for all her animal friends. She sews, snips, tucks, paints, and "slimes" through the night until all her critter friends are suitably clothed again. The story ending with a visit to the zoo is especially dear.
Laurie Allen Klein's illustrations are amazing, rich with detail and whimsy. There is so much going on in each panel that parents and teachers will have plenty of "what do you see in this picture?" questions to ask their children and students. This is a story that will be enjoyed, requested, and beloved by many, many children. Although I wish it were available to me when my daughter was young, I'm thrilled it is available now.
There is a howling windstorm outside and little Sophia is being read to by her mother. The book is about animals; all kinds of animals from bears to ducks to snakes. As most children will, Sophia falls asleep while being read to. And the dream begins!
The wind swirls and blows, round and round and as it goes faster all of the animals are caught up in the whipping storm. Alas! As the wind blows off go their coats. Fur, shells, feathers, scales and such go flying away leaving the poor animals quite unclothed. Sophia of course wants to help and goes to her closet and finds every piece of clothing she owns and dresses the animals. But this will not do at all! A pig in a jogging outfit, a seal in a suit, a penguin in a tutu! No, it will not do at all.
Our little Sophia is a creative little thing though and pulls out grandma's huge sewing basket. It is full of furs, feathers, sequins and such. Sophia goes to work. Measuring, cutting, stitching and sewing she works throughout the night. Of course by morning the creative little girl has all of the animals "dressed" as they should be dressed; in their natural cover!
Of course the first thing this book teaches is the art of being creative. The author and artist have taken the brick-a-brack found in the sewing boxes of all grandmothers and shown just what can be done with a bit if imagination and ingenuity. (Hey, remember that this is a dream).Read more ›
Synopsis: This is a cute children's book about Sophia who awakens from her sleep because of a bad storm. After her Mom soothes her for a while, she falls asleep and dreams that the winds whisk the fur, feathers, shells, and scales off all the animals in her area. Since the animals in her dream were shivering in their bare skin, she decides to make a coat for each of them. So, she takes out her sewing kit and materials, and sets to work. In the process, she learns a lot about the various animals and how to help them out. In addition, there's a sidebar for creative readers.
Overall Thoughts: This is a great book to encourage kids not to be afraid of things that they cannot control but to do things that will enrich their lives and those of others. There are many other lessons for kids in the book as well, such as being kind and creative and that we could turn any situation into something positive and productive. These are all great messages for kids.
The illustrations are fun - and funny - and the ending, after Sophie wakes up from her dream, is very cute.
Your kids will enjoy this book as much as my family did, if not more.
I won a copy of this book and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to review it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the 2nd Janet Halfmann book I've given my 5-year old granddaughter (1st when she was 4), and both are TERRIFIC!Published 2 months ago by Judy
This book is a fun and silly way to learn about how we classify different animals. My kindergartner loves it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fur and feathers is a great teaching too for young children. I purchased it for my science curriculum. I recommend this book for teachers and pltw science teachers. Cute photos! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kelly
love the format, extra info, pics are great! Wonderful resource to go along with classics toon lesson! Love this book!Published 22 months ago by Kimberly Helbig
Fur and Feathers is about a little girl who imagines creative ways to replace the coats normally worn by animals after their usual fur, feathers, scales, etc. Read morePublished on November 30, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This story will fast become a favorite with your children. And guess what? You'll get a FUN new game you can play in the car, at bedtime, while waiting at the doctor's office... Read morePublished on February 12, 2011 by Amazon Customer
What would a polar bear do without its fur, a duck do without its feathers, and a fish do without its scales? Sophia is asleep, but a howling wind awakens her. Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by Wayne S. Walker
"Fur and Feathers" is a creative picture book with a hands-on educational approach to the scientific classification of animals. Read morePublished on September 20, 2010 by Midwest Book Review