Lali’s Feather by Farhana Zia, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman. Peachtree, 2020. 9781682631294
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? One day Lali finds a feather. She asks various creatures in her Indian village if it is theirs. Rooster, Crow, Peacock, Duck, and Blue Jay say no, and they all prefer their own feathers to Lali’s. But when the wind sweeps her feather away, all the animals are sad along with Lali. Crow finally finds the feather, and they all play together for the rest of the day. And on the next day, Lali finds a button. Sweet textured digital art sets the scene and portrays the village and its animal inhabitants with whimsy and affection. The simple text has the sing-song feel of a folk story, with repeated phrases and easy to parse exclamations in another language. A lovely picture book to add to diversity in story time.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? For ages 4-8. Pair this with other books about feathers, such as Feather by Cao Wenxuan and Plume by Isabelle Simler, for story time.
Who should buy this book? Day cares, elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: April 12, 2020