Lali’s Feather

Peachtree. Apr. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781682631294.
PreS-Gr 2–Lali is a little girl who finds a feather on a field, and goes off in search of its home. The story is set in a village in India which has many kinds of birds. Lali asks some of the birds if the feather belongs to them, but they all deny it and instead list the distinguishing features of their own feathers. Unable to find the owner, Lali decides to keep the feather and impresses the birds with her many possible uses for it. When a strong gust of wind blows Lali’s feather away, the birds offer her their own feathers as a replacement, but she refuses. Soon, a crow finds her feather and they all play with it together for the rest of the day. The story highlights the significance of creativity, imaginative play, friendship, and empathy. Coleman’s colorful illustrations are lively and detailed. Hindi words are mixed into the simple text.
VERDICT This joyful book depicting empathy, friendship, and how to embrace rejection will attract kids from all backgrounds.

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