Lali’s Feather

Category: Themes: Animals
A Vivacious and endearing #OwnVoices story of identification, values, and the rewards in looking closely and thinking imaginatively.  
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  • ISBN: 9781682631294
  • Publication date: 04/01/2020
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 8" x 10"
  • Age Range: 4-8
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  • ISBN: 9781682632635
  • Publication date: 08/01/2020
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Description

A Vivacious and endearing #OwnVoices story of identification, values, and the rewards in looking closely and thinking imaginatively.

“This circular story has the ring of an Indian folk tale. Its art strikingly contrasts the warm bright colors of silks and spices with the lush turquoise of peacock feathers.” —The New York Times

What would you do with a feather?

Lali finds a little feather in the field. Who might it belong to? Lali sets out to find the feather a home, but one bird after another rejects it. The feather is too small for Rooster, too slow for Crow, and too plain for Peacock. That is until Lali decides to keep the little feather and discovers all the things she can do with it, and the other birds begin to recognize its value.

Farhana Zia (The Garden of My Imaan) offers a charming tale with an inventive circular structure that reveals the importance of looking beyond first impressions. Illustrator Stephanie Fizer Coleman (Bird Count) brings this delightful story of imagination and inspiration to life.

Author/Illustrator

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Farhana Zia

Author

Farhana Zia grew up in Hyderabad, India. She is a retired elementary school teacher and the author of picture books and novels. Her stories blend humor and tradition, memories and contemporary moments. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Illustrator

Stephanie Fizer Coleman is an illustrator and freelance designer. She has created the art for many children’s books and loves drawing animals. For her 100 Days project in 2018, she drew one hundred birds, one day at a time.

Reviews

“This circular story has the ring of an Indian folk tale. Its art strikingly contrasts the warm bright colors of silks and spices with the lush turquoise of peacock feathers.” —The New York Times

“Zia expertly code-switches between Indian language-inspired slang and standard English, rendering the narratorial voice pleasantly distinct…. The author’s use of the rule of threes…strikes a beautifully balanced storyline that is predictable yet surprising. The pictures accompanying the text are full of color and motion, depicting a lush, rural landscape and perfectly supporting the quick-moving protagonist. Three cheers for this feisty girl of color and her big imagination.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The musicality of the prose, dotted with Hindi expressions, lends a folkloric tone to this whimsical tale. The illustrations are lush and cheerful, countering the idea that the loss of the feather is to be mourned. A surprise ending will have readers predicting the sequel to this just-for-fun story.” —Booklist

“Buoyant…a prime candidate for reading aloud.” —Publishers Weekly

Awards

Parents’ Choice Silver Honor —Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2020

Resources

Resources: Other, Teacher's Guide

Teacher’s Guide

More Details

F&P: L, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: AD420L
Themes: Birds, Collaboration, Imagination, Values
BISAC 1: JUV030020 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Asia
BISAC 2: JUV002040 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Birds
BISAC 3: JUV051000 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play

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