Forever Feathers

A Lyrical Story

Children - Concept
34 Pages
Reviewed on 05/20/2020
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Author Biography

Directly after experiencing a significant loss, Inga Eissmann Buccella was visited by a mysterious bird of prey in her backyard.

The following October, to the day, she finished setting this poem/story to colorful illustrations.

The coincidence of the red tailed hawk appearance, inspired her to express to children, and adults alike, that although death is an inevitable part of life, it need not be scary.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite

Forever Feathers is written and illustrated by Inga Eissmann Buccella. Forever Feathers is a bittersweet story of a boy who overhears a conversation that makes his father sad while he is watching a Red Tail Hawk outside. His father explains to him that his grandmother is gone. The sad and confused boy, thinking she is missing, searches everywhere for his missing grandmother but cannot find her. Will he ever figure out where his grandmother went to? Will he find her? Will anything ease the worry and fear in his heart? Why are there now two Red Tail Hawks instead of one; are they there to watch over the family? Why are there feathers falling all around?

Forever Feathers: A Lyrical Story is yet another inspirational children’s story written by Inga Eissmann Buccella. Buccella tackles the touchy subject of death and loss in a way that kids can quickly understand. The story is written in the form of rhyming poetry that will keep kids focused on the deeper meaning and find some comfort during such a confusing time. The illustrations, also by Inga Eissmann Buccella, are beautiful and artistic as they amplify the emotions and ideas in the story. I love how Forever Feathers explains the confusion a child feels over death in a way that kids can easily comprehend. I recommend this story to anyone coping with the loss of a loved one, especially kids who have experienced the sadness of loss and need some extra comfort.

Mamta Madhavan

The young hawk stared at the little boy but the boy was playing with a toy. The hawk was waiting for that perfect chance to land in the space overlooking the brick patio. Inside the house, the father was alone and he looked sad. The little boy wondered what his father could have heard to make him feel alone and sad. Through the window, they both looked at the hawk who looked graceful with its fringy feathers. The father told the little boy that his grandma was lost. The little boy was determined to find his grandmother and he searched everywhere. He cried himself to sleep and the next morning he was told that she had died. The little boy knew his grandma believed in angels and he started finding feathers of all colors floating around everywhere. He knew he would always miss his grandma but started noticing strong red-tailed hawks sitting on the branch of their favorite tree once it became autumn.

Forever Feathers: A Lyrical Story by Inga Eissmann Buccella is a beautiful story that introduces children to the concept of death and the continual glimpses of the red-tailed hawk add to the spiritual undertones and make the story even more fascinating to readers. This is the best way to introduce children to death and it removes all fears. Death is inevitable and the wonderful illustrations make the concept and the red-tailed hawk palpable to readers. Tutors and parents can use the book for storytelling sessions to help children understand death and how it is a natural part of life. The topic chosen is relevant and the author's approach to it is beautiful and will make young readers' perception of death less frightening and more mature.