Feather by Cao Wenxuan, illustrated by Roger Mello / Lovely hardcover from Elsewhere Editions (the children's arm of the small translation press Archipelago) / ISBN 9780914671855
A philosophical picture book from one of China's most celebrated children's authors and 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Award-winner Cao Wenxuan.
A feather is blown across the sky, meeting various birds along the way, and asking each one, "Do I belong to you?"
Cao Wenxuan tells the story of a single feather who is swept away on a journey of discovery and belonging. Encountering a variety of birds, from a kingfisher to a magpie, Feather is hopeful of meeting the bird she belongs to. Again and again, she is dismissed or ignored. Only when she sees that there is also beauty in being close to the earth does fate offer a reunion... Feather is sure to charm young children with a plot at once compelling, meditative, and quietly moving. Roger Mello’s stunningly beautiful, dynamic illustrations will delight readers of all ages.