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Lalis Feather
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Lali’s Feather

by Farhana Zia
illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman

A vivacious and endearing #OwnVoices story of identification, values, and the rewards in looking closely and thinking imaginatively.

“This circular story has the ring of an Indian folk tale. Its art strikingly contrasts the warm bright colors of silks and spices with the lush turquoise of peacock feathers.” —The New York Times

What would you do with a feather?

Lali finds a little feather in the field. Who might it belong to? Lali sets out to find the feather a home, but one bird after another rejects it. The feather is too small for Rooster, too slow for Crow, and too plain for Peacock. That is until Lali decides to keep the little feather and discovers all the things she can do with it, and the other birds begin to recognize its value.

Farhana Zia (The Garden of My Imaan) offers a charming tale with an inventive circular structure that reveals the importance of looking beyond first impressions. Illustrator Stephanie Fizer Coleman (Bird Count) brings this delightful story of imagination and inspiration to life.

Parents’ Choice Silver Honor / Parents’ Choice Foundation

Format: Hardcover
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-129-4
Publication Date: 4/1/2020
Page Count: 32
Size: 8″ x 10″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-263-5
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

F&P: L, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: AD420L
Themes: Birds, Collaboration, Imagination, Values
BISAC 1: JUV030020 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Asia
BISAC 2: JUV002040 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Birds
BISAC 3: JUV051000 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play


“This circular story has the ring of an Indian folk tale. Its art strikingly contrasts the warm bright colors of silks and spices with the lush turquoise of peacock feathers.” —The New York Times

“Zia expertly code-switches between Indian language-inspired slang and standard English, rendering the narratorial voice pleasantly distinct…. The author’s use of the rule of threes…strikes a beautifully balanced storyline that is predictable yet surprising. The pictures accompanying the text are full of color and motion, depicting a lush, rural landscape and perfectly supporting the quick-moving protagonist. Three cheers for this feisty girl of color and her big imagination.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The musicality of the prose, dotted with Hindi expressions, lends a folkloric tone to this whimsical tale. The illustrations are lush and cheerful, countering the idea that the loss of the feather is to be mourned. A surprise ending will have readers predicting the sequel to this just-for-fun story.” —Booklist

“Buoyant…a prime candidate for reading aloud.” —Publishers Weekly


Parents’ Choice Silver Honor —Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2020

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Meet the Author

Farhana Zia

Farhana Zia spent her early years in Hyderabad, India. A retired elementary school teacher, her stories blend humor and tradition, memories and contemporary moments. She is the author of the novels The Garden of My Imaan and Child of Spring and the picture books Hot Hot Roti for Dada-ji and Lali’s Feather. She lives in Massachusetts and enjoys reading, writing and making French macarons.

Meet the Illustrator

Stephanie Fizer Coleman is an illustrator and freelance designer. She has created the art for many children’s books and loves drawing animals. For her 100 Days project in 2018, she drew one hundred birds, one day at a time. You can visit her website here.