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Purple Feather

Hanoch Piven
AGE: 4 up

In this unusual picture book, a magical purple feather takes readers on an imaginative journey. As the feather travels through the pages of the book, it becomes a whisker for a cat, a quill for a porcupine, and a tail for a dog. A real purple feather inserted in the back of the book makes the ending especially surprising and fun. Created out of everyday objects such as pickles, forks, buttons, and ice-cream cones, Piven’s illustrations will amaze readers young and old!

Illustrator: Hanoch Piven

In some portraits, the components take on clever meaning: a porcupine made of nails wants the feather in order to appear “soft and so sweet / I could charm anyone I happened to meet,” an owl composed of computer parts claims the feather as a “fine pen for my ink.”... A doggy needs the feather for a tail; on the next spread a tiger threatens, “That feather will make a fine toothpick to munch / After I’ve eaten that doggy for lunch.” … These animal constructions will keep kids returning again and again, long after the purple feather has been carried away.
Publishers Weekly
Playful... [Enables readers] to follow their [own] feather on a journey that is bound to tickle their curiosity.
Kirkus Reviews

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Title Purple Feather
Author’s Last Name Piven
Author's First Name Hanoch
Language(s) English, Korean, Spanish
Genre children-picture bk
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2000
No. Pages 32 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Notza Sgula
Representation Represented by ITHL


English: (adapted by Rachel Tzvia Back), Boston, MA, Little, Brown, 2002
Spanish: Mexico, Leetra, 2015
Korean: Seoul, Neungyule Education Inc., 2016

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