Parents' Guide to

Feathers and Fools

By Mary LeCompte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Literary-quality fable is engaging, effective.

Book Mem Fox Folklore 2000
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This is a timely, powerful fable, but parents should choose their audience wisely; even though most kids will recognize the story's merit, the subject matter may sadden or disturb some. Author Mem Fox makes a point to name the most aggressive peacock "the first-and-most-foolish" and demonstrates in elegant prose how the follies of human nature -- such as prejudice, gossip, and aggression -- can lead to the despair of having to live in fear and, ultimately, face the ravages of war.

The right-hand pages are richly detailed acrylic illustrations with primitive borders, which stand out against a black background. The left-hand text pages are simply illustrated but complement the images on the right.

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