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PreS-Gr 1—Sophia dreams that a howling wind comes in and whisks away all the fur and feathers on the animals in the book she was reading. She tries to help them by sharing her clothes, but none of them suit the animals' needs. Then she decides to make new coats for them: scales for Snake, gray feathers for Duck, pins and needles for Porcupine, etc. The major problem with this book is that it hammers children over the head with its message of various animal coverings, and youngsters who are learning about the topic may be bored by this simplistic story. The book is wordy and tedious, and the illustrations and text do not flow together. The art is pleasant enough and does a good job of capturing the animals realistically, but there is nothing truly outstanding here. This volume doesn't seem to know if it's fiction or nonfiction, and it does not succeed as either one. Additional facts appear at the end, including information on scientific classification of animals.—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607180753
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 686,423
  • Age range: 4 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    I loved Fur and Feathers by Janet Halfmann with artwork by Lauri

    I loved Fur and Feathers by Janet Halfmann with artwork by Laurie Allen Klein. It’s an imaginative story full of silly fun and solid scientific information for young inquiring minds. Listening to the audio reading of the book was most enjoyable. I picture children sitting in a circle captivated and transfixed by this story. The text is also available in Spanish. As a parent, teacher, and author, I really appreciate a book as enchanting and stimulating as this one is. There are additional teaching resources and activities online.

    This is a charming story about a little girl named Sophia who dreams of a wild wind that whips the coats off of animals and various other creatures. The poor animals then need her help to make new coats and coverings for them. It is a delight to see Sophia try and then find just the right “clothing” for all her animal friends. She sews, snips, tucks, paints, and “slimes” through the night until all her critter friends are suitably clothed again. The story ending with a visit to the zoo is especially dear.

    Laurie Allen Klein’s illustrations are amazing, rich with detail and whimsy. There is so much going on in each panel that parents and teachers will have plenty of “what do you see in this picture?” questions to ask their children and students. This is a story that will be enjoyed, requested, and beloved by many, many children. Although I wish it were available to me when my daughter was young, I’m thrilled it is available now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    It's is a amazing story

    Anyomous March 27 2012

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

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    SFC Magazine Review by Irene Roth

    Synopsis: This is a cute children's book about Sophia who awakens from her sleep because of a bad storm. After her Mom soothes her for a while, she falls asleep and dreams that the winds whisk the fur, feathers, shells, and scales off all the animals in her area. Since the animals in her dream were shivering in their bare skin, she decides to make a coat for each of them. So, she takes out her sewing kit and materials, and sets to work. In the process, she learns a lot about the various animals and how to help them out. In addition, there's a sidebar for creative readers.

    Overall Thoughts: This is a great book to encourage kids not to be afraid of things that they cannot control but to do things that will enrich their lives and those of others. There are many other lessons for kids in the book as well, such as being kind and creative and that we could turn any situation into something positive and productive. These are all great messages for kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2011

    best review ever

    this is such a cute book. i felt very sad for the steller sea lion at first.

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  • Posted November 17, 2010

    great way to introduce animal coverings and classification to children

    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.

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    Posted August 17, 2011

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