Mon 30 Apr 2012
If you know kids who love animals or crafts, Fur and Feathers (Sylvan Dell, 2010) might be just the right picture book for them.
The book, written by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein, features Sophia.
She’s a helpful little girl who offers to sew exactly the right coat for each of her animal friends after they lose their fur, feathers and scales. Animals line up to explain what they need and why. (Polar Bear needs white fur to stay warm and hide in the snow. Fish needs scales, but with slime. Snake needs scales too, but dry ones.)
Today’s reviewer, Danni, was fascinated by Sophia’s efforts to give every animal just what it required.
Here’s what she had to say:
Today’s reviewer: Danni
I like: Tacos, swimming, panda bears, chocolate, ice cream and going to the park.
This book was about: Animals that lost their fur and stuff. And a little girl who helped them.
The best part was when: Sophia saw the polar bear at the zoo with the heart behind her ear.
I laughed when: The penguin had to put on a dress.
I was worried when: I saw the snake and thought it might be poisonous.
I was surprised that: The fish could stay out of the water for that long.
This book taught me: Dreams are really fun.
Other kids reading this book should watch for: The animals in all of the funny outfits.
Three words that describe this book are: “Animals.” “Sophia.” “Losing their coats.”
My favorite line or phrase in the book was: “That bear has a red heart behind her ear.”
You should read this book because: It is fun, and animals put on clothes.
Thank you, Danni!
Janet Halfmann and Laurie Allen Klein previously teamed up for another book, Little Skink’s Tail , that explores the various kind of tails different animals need.
This is the second Janet Halfmann book Danni has reviewed. She also shared her thoughts in this review of Good Night Little Sea Otter.
And because Janet is having such a productive year in the children’s book world, we officially declare this week to be “Janet Halfmann Week.” We’ll have a kid review of another one of her titles coming up in a few days.
Please stop by again to see it!