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Author: Kevin Henkes

Illustrator: Kevin Henkes

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: board book

Summary: Four little critters lose something dear to them: their mother, a feather, a nut. As the story goes on, they learn that there is a silver lining or nothing to worry about. The bird who loses a feather finds she can fly higher. The fox realizes his mother is just on the other side of the bush. So what seems to be a bad day, turns out to be a good day, after all! This is a story with life lessons young children can relate to.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, developing reader

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 5; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 1 to 5

Reading Level: 2.1

Age of Child: Read with children ages 1 and 4.

Young Reader Reaction: My kids loved the colorful pictures in this book. They loved the fact that animals were it's subject. We read it a lot.

Adult Reader Reaction: I loved the message in this book. So often, kids this age become distraught over what seems to them to be the end of the world. This is a great book to open discussion about the silver lining in most things.

Pros: Darling pictures and wonderful, positive message make this a must have. I can't say it enough: Positive message...Positive message!!!

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This wonderful book will see LOTS of readings. It is a short, positive book that makes it an easy read at the end of a tiring day.


Educational Themes: These are life lessons in a "language" kids can grasp. There are silver linings to lots of things you think ar "bad" events. They can see how our world is interconnected, and when you lose something, it often gets found by someone else and brightens their day.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, emotions, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2011

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