Cover image for Feathers and fools / Mem Fox ; illustrated by Nicholas Wilton.
Feathers and fools / Mem Fox ; illustrated by Nicholas Wilton.

1st ed.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Voyager Books / Harcourt Inc., 2000.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 22 x 29 cm
A modern fable about some peacocks and swans who allow the fear of their differences to become so great that they end up destroying each other.
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FOX Book Easy Collection

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When two birds noticed the difference in each other's appearance many years ago, they became fearful of one another and started a war that has been passed down from generation to generation

Author Notes

Mem Fox was born on March 5, 1946 in Melbourne, Australia. She attended a drama school in London. She returned to Australia where she was a college professor.

She writes children's books including Possum Magic, Night Noises, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, Time for Bed, Koala Lou, Wombat Divine, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Hello Baby!, A Giraffe in the Bath (co-written with Olivia Rawson), Count Goats!, and The Little Dragon. She has also written several books for adults.

She has received numerous awards including the 1990 Dromkeen Medal for distinguished services to children's literature, a 1991 Advance Australia Award for her outstanding contribution to Australian literature, and a medal in the 1993 Australia Day Honours awards for services to the cultural life of Australia.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

PW said of this allegorical tale of war between swans and peacocks, "The text's pointed poetry will sink directly into children's hearts, while the mysteries [depicted in] the sophisticated acrylics offer possibilities for contemplation and discovery." Ages 6-9. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

A descriptive allegory about prejudice and war tells of a misunderstanding between swans and peacocks. After a bloody battle, all the birds are dead. When two eggs hatch, the baby swan and baby peacock decide to be friends. The ending seems abrupt and simplistic. Stylized acrylic paintings combine elements of folk art, fresco, and decorative stencils. From HORN BOOK 1996, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.