Feather – Cao Wenxuan, illustrated by Roger Mello


        Feather – Cao Wenxuan, illustrated by Roger Mello and translated from the Chinese by Chloe Garcia-Roberts, elsewhere editions, (9780914671855), 2017

Format: Paperback Picture book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? A single feather has been blown away from its source by the wind. When there was no wind, the feather had to wait in a “tuft of wild grass or a pile of fallen leaves, all alone.” The feather began to wonder what kind of bird it had come from. She meets bird after bird but no one claims her as their own. She travels in the air and she travels a great distance until she find a mother hen who is missing a single feather. The illustrations are beautiful and striking in their simplicity. This is a sweet story, reading like a folk tale, a story of finding where you belong and not giving up until you do.

Anything you did not like about this book? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? This story could be read to first or second graders as an exploration of family and where one belongs.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Near.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 6/18/2017

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