Friends of a Feather: One of Life's Little Fables

Friends of a Feather: One of Life's Little Fables

by Bill Cosby, Erika Cosby, Erika Cosby
     
 

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Meet Slipper, Feathers, and Hog. Three of the rarest birds ever known to humankind.

Now people say birds of a feather tend to flock together, but not on the Beach by the Rock. That's where these three unique friends meet for the first time, performing risky feats for one another and then later for the hundreds of folks who gather to watch.

But when the stunts

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Overview

Meet Slipper, Feathers, and Hog. Three of the rarest birds ever known to humankind.

Now people say birds of a feather tend to flock together, but not on the Beach by the Rock. That's where these three unique friends meet for the first time, performing risky feats for one another and then later for the hundreds of folks who gather to watch.

But when the stunts of the most gifted and eager-to-please bird are overshadowed by the sheer beauty of his best friend, an attempt to borrow back the limelight nearly ends in disaster. Why do these birds stunt fly at all? What do they expect from the skies, one another, and the crowds below? And just what are the people on the beach looking for from them?

It takes a flight of imagination, the courage to be oneself, and the support of good friends to find out.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Despite its worthy messages and its author's track record as an entertainer, this volume is a disappointment. The tale describes a flock of birds whose stunt-flying attracts repeat audiences of humans. The narrator, Slippers, says he used to be "the bird. I mean The Bird." Then another bird, Feathers, gained the spotlight with his large wingspan and his extraordinary plumage. Five spreads with lengthy text describe Feather's beauty and his flying feats before Slippers introduces the main character, a plain-looking "dude" named Hog who takes huge risks in a fruitless pursuit of the crowd's adulation. The moral, to some extent obscured by the garrulous delivery, touts the importance of doing things for their own sake and not to impress others. The illustrator, Bill Cosby's daughter, renders props and characters in a straightforward, frontal style, and mounts them atop abstractly patterned backgrounds in the three-quarter-spread illustrations; the hand-lettered text floats atop crumpled colored-paper fields in the remaining quarter. The dissonant combination of elements and styles exacerbates the story's twisty development. With its copious digressions, folksy vocabulary and exaggerations, the text comes across as a transcription of oral storytelling; what might work in a live performance can seem coy on the page. Ages 4-up. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Inspired by a visit to the Island of Guana, the author, a noted comedian, actor and educator, tells the story of Slipper, a seabird who ruled on a rock near the island. Although Slipper was something special, people came from miles around to see another bird, Feathers. Feathers was unusual because of his coloring and his size. Folks loved watching Feathers dive, and swoop and gather fish from the ocean. Another Pelican-like bird named Hog, liked to challenge Feathers in his daring feats, but the people just didn't seem to notice the plain-colored bird. Feathers warned Hog to be careful as he performed his daring acts to get peoples' attention. One day when Hog was flying daringly too close to the rock, the wind blew him into it. Hog injured his wing and had to be rescued by Feathers. Feathers tried to straighten Hog's wing but Hog was afraid. Feathers assures him that he cares about him and that he shouldn't perform just to entertain others. They promise to be good friends and look out for each other. Later, Hog tries some daring feats just to tease Feathers, but reassures that he has learned his lesson about showing off to impress others. The story seems a bit wordy and long for its intended audience and could have ended when Feathers and Hog agree to be friends forever. The watercolor and cutout illustrations, while colorful, seem stilted and lifeless in this story about birds in flight. 2003, HarperCollins,
— Meredith Kiger
Library Journal
A little bird learns some great flying stunts -- and how to overcome envy. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060091477
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/06/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,463,960
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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