A Gift of Feathers

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By – August 22, 2023

How do you hold onto love? What does a mem­o­ry feel like? How do you mourn? A Gift of Feath­ers answers these ques­tions for young peo­ple and grown-ups alike.

When young sis­ters Talu­la and Rhea go to vis­it their warm and won­der­ful grand­moth­er Dot, she lets them play with her col­lec­tion of nine­ty-nine feath­ers. It reminds her that her par­ents are watch­ing over her.” Sad­ly, the next time they vis­it, they are there for beloved Grand­ma Dot’s funer­al. After­wards, the girls find two slen­der white feath­ers, which con­nect them to their grand­moth­er and her love.

This spe­cial pic­ture book is filled with warmth and wis­dom. It may help chil­dren process their grief and teach them to make their own tra­di­tions dur­ing hard times. From the sweet and detailed illus­tra­tions of the two sis­ters and their grandmother’s feath­er col­lec­tion, to the author’s final note about his own expe­ri­ence with his mother’s death and a jar of feath­ers, read­ers will find great com­fort in this book dur­ing times of need.

Paula Chaiken has worked in a vari­ety of capac­i­ties in the Jew­ish world — teach­ing in reli­gious school, curat­ing at the Sper­tus Muse­um and fundrais­ing for the Fed­er­a­tion — for more than twen­ty years. She also runs a bou­tique pub­lic rela­tions con­sult­ing firm and enjoys read­ing all sorts of books with her three sons.

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