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A Sack Full of Feathers
By author: Debby Waldman   Illustrated by: Cindy Revell
Selling Points: Jewish folktale, gossip
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2007
Pages: 32
Picture Book
Price:  $9.95
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"I never saw a feather," Levi said. "If you wanted me to have a feather, why didn't you knock on the door and hand it to me?"
"The rabbi told me to leave it on your doorstep," Yankel explained.
"Why on my doorstep? What's this about a feather?"
"Not just your doorstep. Everyone's doorstep. I don't know why, but the rabbi said to do it, so I must. And if your feather is gone, then I must go too, for I have many feathers to find before the sun sets."

Yankel loves to tell stories, as long as they are someone else's. He does not see the hurt that his stories cause, the way they spread and change. Then the rabbi hands him a bag of feathers and tells him to place one on every doorstep in the village. Yankel is changed by what happens and finds himself with his best story yet, one of his very own.
The Jewish Independent - September 26, 2008
"Its moral and drawings are first class.
Jewish Book World - April 1, 2008
"The paintings are colorful and joyous, indicative of the joy of the 'old country'...This tale sticks with the familiar format of other Jewish folktales, with a lesson that even young children can understand."
Multicultural Review - March 1, 2007
"A valuable addition to any library, this book is highly recommended to people of all ages and walks of life."
Booklist - October 15, 2006
"The fun in this retelling of a Jewish folktale is not in the lesson, but in the setting, the people, and the stories they tell."
CM Magazine - September 29, 2006
"Waldman uses rich language which brings life to the story…Children will enjoy this story as a read-aloud."
Jewish Book World - January 12, 2006
"A wonderfully illustrated book...The art warmly underlines the plot...Refreshing."


R. Ross Annett Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2007
CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2007
Blue Spruce nominee, short-listed  CA  2007
CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2007
SYRCA Shining Willow nominee, short-listed  CA  2008
PJ Library Selection, commended  US  2007

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Grades K-3
Beautifully illustrated
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