Learning Magazine has selected Fur and Feathers by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein, as a 2012 9th annual Teacher’s Choice Award for Children’s Books winner!
The Teacher’s Choice Award is determined by a team of teachers from across the United States. They judge the entries and provide reviews. Sylvan Dell’s book, Champ’s Story: Dogs Get Cancer Too! had the privilege of winning the Teacher’s Choice for the Family Award in November of 2011. This is the only award that requires its judges to be both a teacher and a parent. Winning titles are chosen based on qualities such as originality, creativity, safety and durability, and high-interest level and motivation for children.
In Fur and Feathers, a young girl named Sophia dreams that strong winds whisk the fur and feathers right off her animal friends. She decides to share some clothes with them, but as it turns out, her clothes don’t work so well on animals. She offers to sew each one the “right” coat, and the 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. How will Sophia make a prickly coat for Porcupine? This book brings animal coverings to life in an imaginative way.
Janet Halfmann is the award-winning author of more than thirty children’s books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her other recent titles include Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, Good Night, Little Sea Otter, Little Black Ant on Park Street, and Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story. Janet is a memeber of the Society of Chidlren’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Before becoming a children’s author, she was a daily newspaper reporter, children’s magazine editor, and a creator of coloring and activity books for Golden Books. For more information, visit her website: http://www.janethalfmann.com
Laurie Allen Klein has been a freelance aritst for nearly 20 years. Over the last several years, she has worked as the on-staff artist for a marine park, where she does everything from painting life-size sea animal murals, to illustrating children’s activity books. In addition to Fur and Feathers, Laurie also illustrated Where Should Turtle Be?, the award-winning Little Skink’s Tail, and If a Dolphin Were a Fish for Sylvan Dell. Her website can be visited at http://www.lauriekleinart.com/.