In Fur and Feathers by Janet Halfmann Sophia goes to sleep while counting animals, and in her dream she meets animals that have lost their fur and coverings.
After realizing that none of the animals are comfortable in Sophia’s own clothes, which she has let them borrow, she brings out her grandmother’s sewing kit in an effort to help the naked animals. Each animal line up and tell Sophia what kind covering they need and why, and she starts making new tailored coverings for all the animals but with her own little personal twist.
Fur and Feathers include a section called For Creative Minds that teaches children about animal classification and animal coverings. Halfmann has made an easy-to-understand guide on the otherwise complicated topics of animal classification and coverings, and this is a great book for introducing children to the fundamentals of biology.
Laurie Allen Klein’s illustrations make Halfmann’s story come alive through beautiful animal images with a soft touch and details that make the children look an extra time at each page. The animals each have their very own charm that clearly expresses their personalities and animal traits.
My oldest sons ages 4 and 8 paid very careful attention to the different animal coverings in Fur and Feathers, and they seemed to really understand the creative ideas that Sophia had for making the right covering for each animal. While my youngest son did not catch the surprise ending, my oldest son paused and understood the connection between dreams and reality.
Fur and Feathers is story that helps children believe in their dreams and imaginations, all while teaching children about the different animal coverings and why each animal needs to have their very own kind of covering.
You can learn more about Fur and Feathers on YouTube.
Title: Fur and Feathers
Author: Janet Halfman
Illustrator: Laurie Allen Klein
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: SylvanDellPublishing (August 10, 2010)
Publisher website: http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com/FurFeathers.php
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Fur and Feathers by Janet Halfmann for the purpose of this review. I received no monetary compensation, and the opinions expressed in this review are my own, and they have not been influenced in any way.