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The Feather - Margaret Wild

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2018
ISBN: 9781760124212
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 3+ years old

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‘Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul’—Emily Dickinson

This is a story about hope, kindness and redemption set in a grey dystopian world. When a great feather drifts from the leaden sky, two children recognise its extraordinariness and take it to the village for its protection. The villagers, however, want to encase it, upon which the feather loses its radiance. The children take it home and care for it through the night.

In the morning it is again radiant, and when they set it free it leaves behind the first signs of blue sky and colour. The ambiguous ending invites multiple interpretations about the effects of selflessness and kindness.

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"A simple and deeply discussable message about hope and faith." --Kirkus Online

ISBN: 9781760124212
ISBN-10: 1760124214
Audience: Children
For Ages: 3+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st February 2018
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 30.0 x 21.0  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.43

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Margaret Wild

About the Author


Margaret Wild was born in South Africa and came to Australia in 1972. She has been a journalist on newspapers and magazines, and she worked as a book editor in children's publishing for sixteen years, responsible for managing and commissioning a large range of titles. She lives in Sydney and now writes fulltime.

Margaret has written more than 70 books for children. Her books are published around the world and have won numerous awards.

Her books for Allen & Unwin include the two teenage novels, 'Jinx' and 'One Night', and most recently the picture book 'Ruby Roars'.

Margaret Wild has written more than seventy books and has been published around the world. Her numerous awards and distinctions include the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award for Jenny Angel, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas; The Very Best of Friends, illustrated by Julie Vivas; and Fox, illustrated by Ron Brooks. In 2008 she received the Nan Chauncy Award for an outstanding contribution to children’s literature in Australia. A Bit of Company and Going Home, illustrated by Wayne Harris, were published in 2009 by Walker Books Australia as part of the Walker Classic series. Margaret Wild was the winner of the 2011 Lady Cutler Award.

Vampyre is a finalist in the 2012 Aurealis Awards in the CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through pictures) category.

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