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Book: Fur and Feathers
Author: Janet Halfmann
Illustrator: Laurie Allen Klein
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2010
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-075-3 (hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-086-9 (paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-099-9 (English eBook)
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: Ages 4-9
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Halfmann, Janet. Fur and Feathers (published in 2010 by Sylvan Dell Publishing, 612 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite A-2, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464). What would a polar bear do without its fur, a duck do without its feathers, and a fish do without its scales? Sophia is asleep, but a howling wind awakens her. Her mother suggests that they count animals, and Sophia goes back to sleep. But she has a dream that the howling winds whisk away the fur, feathers, scales, and other coverings from her animal friends. She shares some of her clothes with them, but her things don’t fit them right, so she decides to sew each one the right “coat.” How will she make quills for the porcupine and get slime for the frog? And what will she do for the ladybug?
Sylvan Dell has published a wealth of books that integrate concepts related to science or nature with stories that children can read and enjoy. Author Janet Halfmann and illustrator Laurie Allen Klein combine to bring the ideas of animal coverings and classification to life in an imaginative way. The animals included in this book are the polar bear, duck, porcupine, frog, fish, snake, snail, and ladybug. The four-page “For Creative Minds” section at the back of the book provides more information and activities related to animal classification and skin coverings. Additional cross-curricular teaching activities, interactive quizzes, and more are available at Sylvan Dell’s website. Fur and Feathers is a great way to introduce these subjects to young readers.