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Fur and Feathers

Janet Halfmann
Laurie Allen Klein
Sylvan Dell Publishing
Number of pages:
35 pages
Biology / Life Science
Grade / Age level:
Grades K-2
Resource Type:
Picture Books

In Sophia's dream, all the animals had their coats blown off and so she has to make new ones for them, adding her own special touches. This is the story of "Fur and Feathers" which introduces young children to animal classification.

The story has a good variety of common animals with different coats. A few parts are a bit contrived, like the frog finding the slime, but otherwise the story is engaging. The "For Creative Minds" section at the end of the book contains activities based on animal classification.

Most of each two-page spread is dedicated to the lovely artwork of animals in Sophia's bedroom. You can see a preview document or video at

"Fur and Feathers" is a wonderful beginning book to introduce children to scientific classification, and even to good observation. Read this before your next trip to the zoo!

Reviewed By:
Kris Correira
Review Date:
Available From:
your local library
Available From:
your local bookstore

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