FEATHERS by Heather Forest

FEATHERS

A Jewish Tale from Eastern Europe
adapted by , illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Drawn from her Wisdom Tales from Around the World (1996), this musical but sketchy rendition of an Eastern European tale—in which a Rabbi shows an insufficiently repentant gossip the error of her ways by instructing her to cut open his pillow and then gather back all its feathers—gets a confusing and amateurish set of illustrations from Cutchin. Not only will children have trouble tracking the gossip’s accuser, who changes clothes between one scene and the next, they won’t get much sense of verisimilitude from either the brightly colored festival dress in which some figures are clad, or the equally garishly hued feathers that spill from the Rabbi’s pillow. Furthermore, though those figures’ postures are expressive, their expressions tend to be exaggerated, and their faces and hands awkwardly modeled. Stick with Joan Rothenberg’s more developed version, Yettele’s Feathers (1995). (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-87483-755-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: August House
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2005




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