Finn's Feather

illus. by Zoey Abbott. 56p. Enchanted Lion. May 2018. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781592702398; pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781592702749.
PreS-Gr 3—On the first day of spring, Finn is greeted by an amazing, perfect, white feather. Finn soon realizes that what makes this feather so special is that it was sent by his brother Hamish from heaven. When the boy shares this news with his mother, she sighs and offers him a big hug, as well as a reminder that his brother will always be with him, "Feather or no feather." When Finn shows the feather to his teacher, she also sighs and gives him a great, big smile. Just when Finn thinks that he was the only one who is excited about a perfect feather sent by his brother, his friend Lucas seems to completely understand. They spend the rest of the day celebrating and playing with the feather; just as Finn knows Hamish had intended. At the end of the day, after seeing how much the feather means to him, Finn's mother seems to finally get it. One white feather inspires Finn to write a letter to Hamish, and to set up a tree of remembrance in the yard with his mom in order to honor his brother. Abbott's soft, airy, colored pencil illustrations are the perfect companion to Noble's careful text. Despite the heavy subject matter, Noble and Abbott have paired to create a light, happy story that teaches readers, through Finn, how to celebrate and remember a loved one.
VERDICT A truly lovely look at loss and remembrance, best shared one-on-one with a caring adult.

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