I found online reviews of Janet Halfmann’s Fur and Feathers intriguing, so I was thrilled to receive the opportunity to review it myself! I think the story of a young girl making new coverings for the animals after their fur and feathers get blown off in a storm is very creative and original. My kids agree; we’ve read this book several times since receiving it. I’m particularly fond of the fun twist at the end of the story.
Sylvan Dell has a wonderful homepage for this book, complete with an author interview and 57 pages of activities, transforming this book into a fantastic tool for learning about animal classification! We printed out and laminated the animal cards, and my kids enjoy talking about which animals live on the land and which live on the water, which have fur, which have feathers, and which have scales. They also like to match the drawn animals up to the photographs of the same animal.
As someone who loves to sew, I can’t help wishing that the new coverings Sophia creates looked more sewn and less like true animal fur and feathers, although Laurie Allen Klein’s illustrations make up for this with their warmth, color, and friendliness.
Emma’s verdict: This book is so cool!