Thursday, February 14, 2008
Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
A thin blue book, Feathers is full of a variety of themes ranging from a new boy at school, dealing with a deaf brother, a mother who has experienced frequent miscarriages, discrimination and judging of those living on the other side of town. Viewed from Frannie's eyes the world is full of unanswered questions but also a place of hope. Inspired by Emily Dickenson's poem "hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul," Frannie "loved the sound of the poem,loved the way the words seemed to float across my notebook." She concludes that although there are no easy answers there is still alot of hope and that even "each moment is a thing with feathers." Feathers was recently granted the 2008 Newbery Honor Award.