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Teacher’s Guide

Agatha’s Feather Bed

Not Just Another Wild Goose Story

Spanish Edition: Un colchón de plumas para Ágata

by Carmen Agra Deedy
illustrated by Laura L. Seeley

A delightful twist on the O. Henry classic “The Gift of the Magi,” starring a weaver and six angry, naked geese. From award-winning author and storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy.

When children approach Agatha wanting to know the source of the beautiful fabrics in her weaving shop, she always recites a simple verse.

“Everything comes from something,
Nothing comes from nothing.
Just like paper comes from trees,
And glass comes from sand,
An answer comes from a question.
All you have to do is ask.”

Agatha spins yarn and weaves cloth like no other, and she’s worked hard to sell enough wares to buy a brand new feather bed. However, when six angry, naked geese show up to get their feathers back, Agatha must reckon with how precious resources can be.

New York Times best-selling author Carmen Agra Deedy puts a delightful twist on the O. Henry story “The Gift of the Magi,” reminding us all of the delicate balance between our resources and responsibilities.

Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-096-1
Publication Date: 9/1/1994
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-1/4″ x 8-3/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.5
F&P: GRL O, Gr 3, Genre F
Lexile: 410L
Themes: Conservation, Environment, Quilting Resources


“This finely crafted collection abounds with information and whimsy. It also teems with puns and wordplay…. A ducky book.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Offbeat, provocative, well crafted.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The illustrations in this book are wonderful – they’re detailed, busy, full of activity and you can easily do a ‘seek and find’ with your child. I strongly recommend Carmen Agra Deedy’s books for any family, school or library – they’ll be well read and loved by all!” ―Family Literacy


International Latino Book Awards (Honorable Mention, Best Children’s Picture Book, Spanish) ―Latino Literacy Now, 2008

UMW Reading Program ―United Methodist Women, 2013

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Meet the Author

Author Carmen Agra Deedy

Carmen Agra Deedy, a New York Times bestselling author, has been writing and traveling around the world telling stories for more than twenty years. Her books have received numerous awards and honors. Carmen has performed in many prestigious venues, but children are her favorite audience. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the United States as a refugee and like most immigrants sees the world from multiple perspectives. She lives in Georgia. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Laura L. Seeley holds a degree in fine arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has written and illustrated numerous children’s books. She lives in California. You can visit her website here.