Children's Book Review and Giveaway: Fur and Feathers by Janet Halfmann (Ends 4/14) CLOSED

Thursday, March 31, 2011 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
When Sophia dreams that howling winds whisk the fur and feathers right off her animal friends, she shares some of her clothes with them. But her clothing doesn't work well for the animals. Seeing their disappointment, she offers to sew each one the "right" coat. Animals line up to explain what they need and why. Polar Bear needs white fur to stay warm and hide in the snow. Fish needs scales, but with slime. Snake needs scales too, but dry ones. And how will Sophia make a prickly coat for Porcupine? The award-winning team of Halfmann and Klein (Little Skink's Tail) reunite to bring animal coverings (and classification) to life in an imaginative way.

My Review
Earlier this month, I reviewed a delightful book by Janet Halfmann - Good Night, Little Sea Otter. Fur and Feathers is another excellent children's book where Ms. Halfmann's prose goes hand in hand perfectly with some beautiful illustrations. My kids enjoyed the story of a little girl who dreams that all animals have lost their fur and the birds their feathers in a storm. She decides to help her animal friends and make new coats for them. With imagination and resourcefulness that I see in my own children, Sophia makes a new outfit for each animal, leaving her "signature" - a heart for the polar bear, a different color "necklace" for the duck. Fur and Feathers is more than just a fun book. It makes kids think about why animals look the way they do. In addition, the book promotes love of nature and creativity. At the end of Fur and Feathers, there is a section where inquisitive children can learn about scientific classification of animals and skin coverings. Entertaining, well written, beautifully illustrated, creative and educational - in other words, all I want to see in a book I read with my children.

Not surprisingly, Fur and Feathers has won Gold in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.

The Giveaway
One lucky US reader will win a signed copy of Fur and Feathers by Janet Halfmann!

To enter, please visit Janet Halfmann's site or Sylvan Dell Publishing and comment below with the title of another book that you'd like to share with the kids in your life.

For extra entries, feel free to do any or all of the following:

  • follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway – you can do this once a day, feel free to copy and paste: "#Win signed copy of Fur and Feathers by @JanetHalfmann! #Giveaway ends 4/14 @aitmama #contests #kids #books @SylvanDell http://tiny.cc/ltql4";
  • tell us who would be enjoying the book if you won;
  • follow @JanetHalfmann on twitter;
  • if you are a friend of Janet Halfmann on Facebook, let me know below for an extra entry;
  • go here for additional ways to get extra entries.
The deadline to enter is April 14, 2011, 11:59pm EST. A winner will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail. They will have 72 hours to get back to me, or an alternate will be chosen. Open to those of age 18+ with mailing addresses in the U.S. The winner will receive their prize directly from the sponsor.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Photo and book info courtesy of the publisher.

139 comments:

  1. Kimberly said...

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  2. Kimberly said...

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  3. Kimberly said...

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  7. rubynreba said...

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  8. rubynreba said...

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  12. janetfaye said...

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  13. janetfaye said...

    I would read this book with my grandchildren.

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  14. janetfaye said...

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  15. AnneLoyd said...

    I would like to read Little Skink's Tail to my two kids because they would love reading it!

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  16. AnneLoyd said...

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  18. AnneLoyd said...

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  25. Forget Shyness Reviews said...

    goodnight little sea otter also looks cute!

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  27. Forget Shyness Reviews said...

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  32. Linda Kish said...

    The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights sounds cute

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  33. Linda Kish said...

    I'd love to win this for my DIL's niece.

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  34. Mary said...

    She has so many adorable books, but I would really like to read,"Good Night, Little Sea Otter".

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  35. Janet Halfmann http://www.janethalfmann.com said...

    Thanks so much for the great review and for hosting the giveaway of my book. I've enjoyed reading the wonderful comments of everyone who has stopped by. Good Luck and Happy Reading to All!

  36. mrsshukra said...

    Would like to read Good Night, Little Sea Otter also!

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  37. mrsshukra said...

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  40. mrsshukra said...

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  41. mrsshukra said...

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  42. Connie Black said...

    I would also like to have the Deep In The Desert book. Looks really cute
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  43. Beth said...

    Good Night, Little Sea Otter looks cute.

  44. mrsshukra said...

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  45. mrsshukra said...

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  46. mrsshukra said...

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  47. Trung Nguyen said...

    I like the Deep in the Desert book

  48. Trung Nguyen said...

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  49. Trung Nguyen said...

    This would be for my cousin if I won

  50. Trung Nguyen said...

    I follow @JanetHalfmann on twitter (cistran)

  51. Trung Nguyen said...

    I'm a friend of Janet Halfmann on Facebook (trung nguyen)

  52. Trung Nguyen said...

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  53. Trung Nguyen said...

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  54. Trung Nguyen said...

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  55. Trung Nguyen said...

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  56. Trung Nguyen said...

    I voted for you

  57. Trung Nguyen said...

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  58. Trung Nguyen said...

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  59. janetfaye said...

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  60. janetfaye said...

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  61. janetfaye said...

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  62. janetfaye said...

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  63. janetfaye said...

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  64. janetfaye said...

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  66. Wehaf said...

    I would also like The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights.

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  67. mrsshukra said...

    voted for you 4/4

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  68. Katie said...

    I'm really interested in the otter book.

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  69. Katie said...

    My daughter would be enjoying this if I won

    Katie
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  70. Katie said...

    I'm following Janet Halfmann on Twitter

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  71. mrsshukra said...

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  72. mrsshukra said...

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  73. mrsshukra said...

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  74. mrsshukra said...

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  75. mrsshukra said...

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  76. Carole Spring said...

    A book I would like to read is "Good Night, Little Sea Otter."
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  77. Carole Spring said...

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  78. Carole Spring said...

    The book would be for my granddaughter and my grandson.
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  79. Carole Spring said...

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  80. debijackson said...

    i'd like big cat little kitty as we have new kittens

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  89. Cozy in Texas said...

    Deep in the Desert sounds like a book I'd like to read to my granddaughter.
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  90. Tracy said...

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  91. janetfaye said...

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  92. janetfaye said...

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  93. janetfaye said...

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  94. mrsshukra said...

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  95. mrsshukra said...

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  96. Jo Ann said...

    Goodnight Little Sea Otter looks like a sweet book to read to my grandson.
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  97. janetfaye said...

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  98. janetfaye said...

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  99. mrsshukra said...

    Voted for you 4/11

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  100. Raven In A Blue Room said...

    I love the Big Cat, Little Kitty Book

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
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  101. Raven In A Blue Room said...

    following you on twitter @left_the_stars
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  102. Raven In A Blue Room said...

    I would love to win for my daughter

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  103. Raven In A Blue Room said...

    following @JanetHalfmann on twitter @left_the_stars

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  104. Raven In A Blue Room said...

    I am a friend of Janet Halfmann on facebook (Louis Here)

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  105. Raven In A Blue Room said...

    I subscribed to your feed via google reader

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  106. Raven In A Blue Room said...

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  107. Raven In A Blue Room said...

    I like your blog on facebook (Louis Here)

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  108. Raven In A Blue Room said...

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  109. Raven In A Blue Room said...

    following on networked blogs

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  110. Raven In A Blue Room said...

    I voted for your Blog on Picket Fence Blogs

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  111. mrsshukra said...

    voted for you 4/12

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  112. Stacy said...

    I would love to read the book Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea. I love Narwhals and the illustrations look great.

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  113. mrsshukra said...

    Voted for you 4/13!

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  114. mrsshukra said...

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  115. Forget Shyness Reviews said...

    id also like goodnight little sea otter

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  116. Patty said...

    I think my little niece and nephew would LOVE Good Night Little Sea Otter.
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  117. Patty said...

    If I won, I'd read this to my niece and nephew and my young cousins. They all just love to be read to! This book sounds perfect.

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  118. Patty said...

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  119. Patty said...

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  120. Patty said...

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  121. Patty said...

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  122. Patty said...

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  123. Patty said...

    Voted on Picket Fences 4.13.11
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  124. Patty said...

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  125. Patty said...

    Friended you on FB.
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  126. Patty said...

    Left comment on Spring April 9 photo.
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  127. Patty said...

    Left a comment on the University T-shirt review.
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  128. Brooke said...

    I think my son would love Little Skink's Tail. What a great way to teach kids and spent time reading with them... weeshenanigans(at)gmail(dot)com

  129. Dorothy said...

    Deep in the Desert

  130. Cindy0462 said...

    good night little sea otter looks cute!
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  131. tina reynolds said...

    my kids would love deep in the desert thanks for the chacne to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  135. Pain SUX said...

    I'd also like to have "Little Skink's Tail"

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  136. Pain SUX said...

    Follow you on twitter and tweeted.
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  137. Pain SUX said...

    My youngest Nathan and I will be enjoying this book.

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  138. Pain SUX said...

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  139. Pain SUX said...

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