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Cuckoo Feathers (Simply Sarah Series)
     

Cuckoo Feathers (Simply Sarah Series)

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Marcy Ramsey (Compiler)
 

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Two pigeons keep appearing on the ledge and pecking at the window. Sarah begins to think of them as her pigeons and names them Coo and Cuckoo. She is horrified, however, when they start to build their nest outside the neighbors’ apartment next door. How could they be so disloyal? Finally Sarah gets a big idea—one that helps her get over this catastrophe

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Two pigeons keep appearing on the ledge and pecking at the window. Sarah begins to think of them as her pigeons and names them Coo and Cuckoo. She is horrified, however, when they start to build their nest outside the neighbors’ apartment next door. How could they be so disloyal? Finally Sarah gets a big idea—one that helps her get over this catastrophe!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Sarah wants to stand out among her friends—she is plain and white and there is nothing as far as she is concerned that makes her special. She lives in an apartment building in the loft section with her mother and brother. Mom is an artist and Dad is working somewhere overseas. Sarah takes care of her brother Riley, and they are both fascinated by the pigeons that visit their window ledge. One day new neighbors move into the building across the alley and the pigeons move into an old flower pot on this neighbor's ledge. Sarah is not happy; she has lost something special. The story has a steady pace as Sarah befriends the new neighbors and learns about survival of the fittest, while watching the pigeons she has named Coo and Cuckoo try to raise a family. In the end Sarah does come up with a plan to help the pigeons she loves, as well as a pair of pigeons who appear to have intruded. Her life is enriched through the friendships with neighbors and by finding a peaceful solution to a problem that made her and her friends sad and angry. Dad remarks in his weekly phone call that she is indeed "full of good ideas." Marcy Ramsey has provided charming black-and-white illustrations that show the kids, their pigeon friends, and the neighborhood. The cover gives a colorful look at these kids (Anglo, Hispanic, and African American), and one subtle lesson about skin color is slipped into the opening chapter. Naylor has a real knack for picking up on things kids worry about and how they interact with each other. Part of the "Simply Sarah" series. 2006, Marshall Cavendish, Ages 5 to 8.
—Marilyn Courtot
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
The entire plot of this title, a part of Naylor's "Simply Sarah" series, concerns Sarah's proprietary interest in two pigeons nesting on the ledge outside the window of her apartment—or, rather, disloyally nesting instead on the ledge outside the window of her new neighbors' facing apartment. How can she lure Coo and Cuckoo back to her own ledge? And how can she save them from the threat of a competing pigeon, whom she christens Bad Bird? But in the capable hands of veteran writer Naylor, this is all that is needed to spin a satisfying story about the fascination of engaging with the natural world, even in a thoroughly urban setting. Sarah's best friend Peter is African-American; the new neighbors who "steal" Coo and Cuckoo away are Mexican-American; another friend is Asian-American. Together the children learn to mourn the death of one little hatchling, while respecting the natural processes that led to it. In the end there is room on both apartment ledges for pigeons aplenty, and room in the children's hearts for new friendships, as well. This just-right chapter book is appealingly illustrated by Ramsey's ink-and-wash drawings, which further invite the reader into the windows of Sarah's welcoming world.
Kirkus Reviews
Naylor continues her series featuring "Idea Girl" Sarah Simpson in a pigeon disaster that takes place outside her Chicago apartment window. Sarah hopes to keep Coo and Cuckoo, occasionally perched on her ledge, as her own pets. But she's disappointed to discover their newly made nest in an old flower pot that rests on an opposite sill outside a neighboring apartment building. Making friends with the new Hispanic children living in the competing apartment, Sarah is determined to work something out. Her selfish concern for the birds, however, only escalates when a couple of aggressive pigeons attack their nest. Naylor masterfully creates parallel rivalry and a workable solution to both Sarah's distress and the birds' conflict in simple-to-read large print. Her assortment of young, multicultural city residents with Sarah leading the way will appeal to youngsters just making the transition into early chapter books. Ink-and-wash drawings add visual appeal. (Fiction. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761455417
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Series:
Simply Sarah Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,305,324
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written more than 135 books, including the Newbery Award Medal winner Shiloh and the Alice book series. Naylor grew up in during the Great Depression and began writing when she was a teenager. Her first children's book, The Galloping Goat and Other Stories, was published in 1965, and she has written an average of two books a year for children since then. Shiloh was made into a family movie in 1996. In addition to sequels to Shiloh, there are now 25 books in the Alice book series, the most recent being Now I'll Tell You Everything.

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