The Red Feather by Ben Kitchen
Published by New Frontier Publishing
‘One day, Claude, Shelby, William and Maya went to the seaside together. Claude found a red feather. It was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen.’
We have all had times when we’ve been in possession of something beautiful but sooner or later we have to pass it on. This tale of desire versus need illustrates the wonderful trade of caring and sharing amongst children. A red feather, found by Claude, is the shiny object that attracts the attention of the group, and each child eventually finds out there is more to life than being absorbed by one thing.
Owen Swan, also known for his illustrations in Newspaper Hats, has again brought much warmth and affection to the story with his distinctive watercolour and pencil illustrations. The soft beachside scenes, where the story takes place, subtly change with the mood of each child, and visually engages you to the feel of the narrative. Even after the words end, the pictures complete the story creating a cheeky conclusion. Never take your eye off a seagull, that’s all I say.
Designed by Celeste Hulme, this smart looking and durable hardback picture book, would be a lovely addition to any bookshelf…or floor, since that is where I find most of my little’s ones books ending up nowadays.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Elaine Forrestal
Illustrator: Owen Swan
Title: The Red Feather
Publisher: New Frontier Publishing
Published: July 2015