Finn’s Feather – Rachel Noble and Zoey Abbott


   Finn’s Feather – Rachel Noble and Zoey Abbott, Enchanted Lion, (9781592702398), 2018

Format: Hardcover picture book

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

What did you like about the book? When Finn finds a beautiful, amazing, perfect white feather outside his door on the first day of spring, he knows that it was sent by Hamish.  ‘ “Mom took a deep breath and gave him a great, big hug.  ‘‘Hamish is always with you. Feather or no feather”, she said. Finn takes the feather to school and tells everyone it is from Hamish.  Neither the teacher nor the other kids are much interested until Finn tells his best friend Lucas “ ‘I think my brother Hamish sent it.  Really?  Angels can do that?  asked Lucas. ‘I think they can, said Finn.”  So they paly all kinds of games with the wonderful feather until Finn tells his mother what fun he had with the feather that Hamish has sent.  This is a simple, very moving story about a young boy and his love for his dead brother. Large two-page spread illustrations done in soft colors that appear to be charcoal pencils complement this lovely story perfectly that is more a celebration of love than sadness over a death.

Anything you did not like about this book?  Not a thing.

 To whom would you recommend this book?  This is the perfect addition to the parent’s section of the library that has books explaining death to young children.

 Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture books or Parent’s section

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

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

Date of review: 5/27/2018

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