Tuesday, November 19, 2019

"Lali's Feather" - a bookwrap


Lali's Feather 

Authored by Farhana Zia
Illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman

* Ages:  3+
* Grade Level:  PS-3
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
* Pub. Date:  April 1, 2020
* Language:  English

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Unwrapping the Book

"Lali found a feather in the field.
Whose feather? Lali did not know.
Oo ma!  Was little feather lost?  Lali
set out to find feather a home."  

Her mission leads her to rooster, crow, and peacock.  They all assure her that the feather she has found does not belong to them.  

"Cheeky birds!" cried Lali. "If you don't want 
feather, I shall keep it."
And that is what she did! 
"Feather and I will do one hundred things!"
Lali said.

Lali decides to use her imagination and show everyone how gifted her feather is.  She writes with it, sweeps with it, fans a fire, and tickled Bapu's toes too.  Oh my, her feather is so much fun and the other birds are mesmerized by all the wonderful things that it can perform.  And then a big old wind bursts with a whoosh and guess what happens to her feather?  Gone!  

Lali is very sad and all her bird friends surround her and give her solace and comfort.  Will Lali ever get her treasured feather back?  Can her friends find a way to retrieve it and bring Lali happiness once again? 

The illustrations are colourful and enrich the narrative greatly.  Hindi interjections are woven throughout the story which is a lovely touch giving the book an Indian flavour for kids to enjoy.  This is a story of friendship, identification, and thinking imaginatively.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

Meet the Author

Farhana Zia is an elementary school teacher who grew up in Hyderabad, India. Her stories blend humor and tradition, memories and contemporary moments. Her first picture book, Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-Ji, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Massachusetts.

About the Illustrator

Hello, I'm Stephanie Fizer Coleman. 
I’m an illustrator, designer and generally curious girl living in lovely but misunderstood West Virgina. I was lucky to grow up in a rural area, with a babbling brook and lush forest just a few feet from my back door; I find that the love of nature I developed as a child still influences my work today.
After seriously studying ballet and getting my BA in History, I found my true passion in illustrating and have been working as a freelance illustrator since 2008.

I work in Photoshop and Procreate and have developed a style of working that blends both digital and traditional elements.  I enjoy playing around with patterns, textures and brilliant colors in my work.  Animals are my favorite subjects to illustrate and I'm thrilled to be illustrating the kinds of books I would have loved when I was a little library-goer. 

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