A boy who seeks feathers for his collection finds a baby bird. While he is climbing a tree to return the bird to its nest, he accidentally falls, but to his surprise is rescued by an angel. The event begins his journey of helping others and finally leads to transforming him into a higher being. This book invites the reader to find feathers hidden in the color illustrations as they read.
Targeted Age Group:: 5-12
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The story came to me on winter vacation; I thought about what makes people good and kind and how I could do a children's book to help promote that. I liked the concept of an Angel as an icon for good, so I used that imagery to convey the message. I started the book in 2007 and did my first illustration. Thirteen years later, I finally finished my acrylic paintings for the book and had the book self-published.
The children’s eyes grew wide and grandpa changed his voice as he spoke.
“The figure said to me. ‘That was a close call. I nearly didn’t catch you in time!’”
Grandpa went on, “As I was quite frightened and confused, I asked, ‘what are you? — an angel?’ I was staring at the glowing figure.”
“‘Yes, indeed,’ it replied. ‘Usually, I am invisible, but since you removed one of
my feathers, you will be able to see me, but only for a moment, just until the
new feather grows back. You see, angels grow feathers with each good deed they do,’ it told me.”
“They do?!” his grandson blurted.
“The angel then told me, ‘I must leave now but remember the only difference between you and me is that I have grown my feathers. You may keep my feather and add it to your collection. All I ask in return is that you always remember to do good deeds and help others.’”
Steven was born and raised outside NYC in the scenic Hudson Valley of New York State, which inspired his passion for nature and art. Educated as a commercial artist, he has worked for over thirty years as a graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, sculptor, and fabricator. The Feather Collector is his first children's book.