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Lali's Feather

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  40 reviews
This endearing story of identification and values shows the rewards in looking closely and thinking imaginatively.
Lali finds a little feather in the field. Is it lost? Lali sets out to find feather a home, but one bird after another rejects it. The feather is too small for Rooster, too slow for Crow, and too plain for Peacock. Once Lali decides to keep the little feather a
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2020 by Peachtree Publishing Company
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La Coccinelle
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, arc, netgalley
Jai Ho! What an adorable book! Comparisons to Cao Wenxuan's Feather are going to be inevitable, though this is, in my opinion, a far better book.

Lali finds a feather in the field. She doesn't know who it belongs to, so she sets out to find its owner. Each bird that she encounters tells her it's not theirs (and why it couldn't be). Having no luck, Lali decides to simply have fun with the feather. She writes with it, sweeps with it, fans the fire, and even torments her family with it. But when
Christi M
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A colorful picture book story that shows that sometimes there is more to something than what you first see.

The story involves a girl who finds a rather short, unremarkable feather. When none of the birds she knows won’t claim the feather as their own, then she decides to basically show them what they are missing. She writes with it in the sand, she uses it to sweep the path, she fans a flame and other fun things. However, when the wind takes the feather away all the birds work together with Lali
Wendi Lee
This was a cute picture book about Lali, who finds a mysterious feather. Who does the feather belong to? Readers are introduced to a wide variety of birds during Lali's playful discoveries. ...more
Sandy Brehl
This is a welcome picture book that incorporates pattern, bird names and feather adjectives, and a kind, creative girl whose helpfulness, loyalty, and determination transforms a random group of creatures into a caring community.
With occasional interjections from another language, the universal nature of Lali's curiosity and gentle nature is amplified.
Shaye Miller
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc, diversity
Young Lali appears to be a creative, free-range spirit who loves nature and talking with the birds. One day she finds a loose feather in a field and attempts to discover the owner. But it’s not rooster’s or crow’s or peacock’s or hen’s or duck’s or blue jay’s feather. All their feathers serve very unique purposes just for them. Still, Lali finds incredible value in her feather. For example, it can write in the sand. It can sweep a deck. It can fan a fire. Or it can tickle unsuspecting family mem ...more
Edward Sullivan
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Lali and her bird friends discover all the amazing things a feather can do.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lali finds a feather in a field. When she tries to find the bird it belongs to, Rooster, Crow, and Peacock all deny that the plain little feather belongs to them. But Lali shows Hen, Duck, and Blue Jay all the things the little feather can do, write, sweep, fan a fire, and tickle feet. Lali is delighted with her new little friend, until the wind carries it away and breaks her heart. Crow flies off to catch the feather they have all learned to value. This is a sweet story about finding the value ...more
Denise Andre
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free digital arc from netgally in return for my 100% honest opinion.

Lali’s Feather by Farhana Zia has to be the cutest picture book. Lali finds a feather and she goes around asking her bird friends if it belongs to them, sadly they don’t claim feather so she keeps feather all to herself and does amazing things with feather. Lali cleans the floor with feather, she writes on the sand with feather, Lali even uses feather to fan a fire and make it even bigger.

A gust of wind comes and
Alicia Bayer
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish Goodreads showed the cover of this delightful picture book due to be released in 2020, because the art is gorgeous and the cover shows what a joyful book it is. The book tells the story of a little girl who finds a feather and goes from bird to bird to see who it might belong to. Each bird tells of why it's not theirs (theirs are so much better) so she decides to keep it. She loves it and shows the birds all the creative things she can do with it, until it's sadly lost. The other birds ar ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was delightfully illustrated and sweet. The language used was fun and I enjoyed that it mixed in some Hindi sayings. The illustrations were really gorgeous and helped keep my daughter engaged in the story. We both really loved the illustration of the peacock. The story, one of the importance of something simple that others might not understand, was simple and easy to follow.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Medeia Sharif
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightful read about rejection and finding great value in the rejected. The illustrations are stunning. I read this via NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher.
Franki Sibberson
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, fun, 2020
I'll definitely be preordering this one. A fun story with good messages about play and creativity. Good supportive and repetitive language for younger readers too. ...more
Baby Bookworm
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: our-reviews
Hello, friends! Our book today is Lali’s Feather, written by Farhana Zia and illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman, a delightful story of ingenuity and friendship.

Lali is playing in the field one day when she finds a feather. Wishing to return it to its owner, she asks Rooster, Crow, and Peacock if they are missing it. They all say no, pointing out the feather’s plainness (as opposed to Peacock’s fancy feathers) and pokeyness (as opposed to Crow’s perky feathers), and so on. So Lali decides to
Vidya Tiru
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts
Lali finds a feather, and goes around asking the birds if it is theirs so she could return it to the bird that lost it. When each of them says it is not and gives a reason why, she decides to keep feather and play with it. All her bird friends are amazed at what feather can do, and come to love feather. But when Lali loses it, everyone gets together to help her look for it and make her feel better.

The book subtly and sweetly relays messages of friendship and of finding happiness in th
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yabc-reviews
See my full review here:

LALI'S FEATHER is a delightful and colorful picture book that explores birds and imagination. Lali is playing when she finds a feather. She sets out to find its owner, only for the birds to tell her why the feather cannot be theirs. Lali then explores what she can do with the feather, like draw in the sand or tickle feet. The birds are impressed by what this seemingly plain feather can do. When the feather is lost, the birds will h
Stephanie Tournas
One day Lali finds a feather. She asks various creatures in her Indian village if it is theirs. Rooster, Crow, Peacock, Duck, and Blue Jay say no, and they all prefer their own feathers to Lali’s. But when the wind sweeps her feather away, all the animals are sad along with Lali. Crow finally finds the feather, and they all play together for the rest of the day. And on the next day, Lali finds a button. Sweet textured digital art sets the scene and portrays the village and its animal inhabitants ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lali's is like a breath of fresh air as she dances and flows through this book with her newly found feather. As she tries to find the original owner of the feather she travels through her village questioning who she encounters. The repetition in the conversations splashed with scientific facts about birds makes this a perfect for a science read aloud for little ones. Children ages 4 to 8 will be on the lookout for their own special feather. ...more
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Where do we gather our worth? What makes us so intrinsically valuable? To all the birds in this book, Lali's feather is poky and not worth very much, but to Lali it is the most precious feather of all. When she shows the birds--each who have scolded and bragged in turn about their own feathers--how she sees the feather and what it can do, then the birds find value and worth in an object that was once despised and now is sweet. Beautiful story and beautiful lesson. ...more
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A delight! Love the way Lali sees beauty, usefulness and even a sort of friendship in something "ordinary" and the way that her joy and kindness calls the other birds out of their own narrow worldview (at first, each thinks his or her own feathers are the best) and that they join together in cooperation and friendship at the end. The final page left me with a huge smile. I just love Lali and her imagination! ...more
Lali finds a feather one day while out playing. It may seem plain and small and pokey, but it turns out this feather can do amazing things with a little ingenuity and imagination. A lovely story of sharing and pleasure in simple things, chock full of satisfying alliteration and vocabulary.

Themes: Birds, Imagination
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is a playful story and I wanted to like the book more than I did, in the end. What threw me was how it started with a sing-song pattern at the beginning, but dropped it in the middle and end. A new pattern wasn’t established and I couldn’t ascertain a reason for the shift. It sort of ruined it for me, although I liked the illustrations and inclusion of Hindi words.
The feather is little, pokey, and plain and gets transformed in Lali's hands to write in the sand, sweep the dock, fan the fire, make sister sneeze and tickle Bapu's toes. I like the author including a taste of East Indian culture with words/sayings, e.g., "na, lali, na" and "Jai Ho!" and "Oo ma!" This title is a cheerful folk tale for all. ...more
Neha Thakkar
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautifully illustrated story of Lali, who finds a feather. Who’s feather is it? It is too pokey to be rooster’s or peacock’s. What can a simple feather do? Find out with Lali! I also enjoyed the Indian lilt (na, jai ho, etc. in the text)!
#LalisFeather #NetGalley
Jo Oehrlein
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Lali's found feather is too pokey and plain for the crow, the hen, the peacock, the blue jay, the duck, etc. But Lali finds a lot to do with it -- tickle feet, sweep the floor, write a message in the dirt, fan a flame, etc.

About possibilities and seeing beyond initial appearances.
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lovely little story about the power of imagination and positive thinking. Champions the little/plain ones.
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly charming. Energetic Lali has me persuaded about the wonders of the feather she finds! And how lovely to have so many bird friends. My 4yo and I very much enjoyed this story.
Susan  Dunn
Not my favorite.
Children's Literature Centre at FSU
This is a really cute book for a trinket collector's heart! It follows a little girl's story of thoughtful appreciation of the little things in life. ...more
tiffany greene
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This picture book is delightful!! Full of colorful avian friends and fun words to read aloud. It celebrates the joy of childhood play and imagination!
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Farhana Zia grew up in Hyderabad, India. She is a retired elementary school teacher and the author of picture books and novels. Her stories blend humor and tradition, memories and contemporary moments. She lives in Massachusetts.

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