- Short-listed, SYRCA Shining Willow nominee
- Commended, CCBC Our Choice
- Commended, PJ Library Selection
- Short-listed, Blue Spruce nominee
- Short-listed, CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award nominee
- Short-listed, R. Ross Annett Award nominee
Yankel loves to tell stories, as long as they are someone else's. He does not see the hurt that his stories cause, the way they spread and change. Then the rabbi hands him a bag of feathers and tells him to place one on every doorstep in the village. Yankel is changed by what happens and finds himself with his best story yet, one of his very own.close this panel
"I never saw a feather," Levi said. "If you wanted me to have a feather, why didn't you knock on the door and hand it to me?"
"The rabbi told me to leave it on your doorstep," Yankel explained.
"Why on my doorstep? What's this about a feather?"
"Not just your doorstep. Everyone's doorstep. I don't know why, but the rabbi said to do it, so I must. And if your feather is gone, then I must go too, for I have many feathers to find before the sun sets."
"A wonderfully illustrated book...The art warmly underlines the plot...Refreshing."
"Its moral and drawings are first class.
"A valuable addition to any library, this book is highly recommended to people of all ages and walks of life."
"Waldman uses rich language which brings life to the story Children will enjoy this story as a read-aloud."
"The fun in this retelling of a Jewish folktale is not in the lesson, but in the setting, the people, and the stories they tell."
"The paintings are colorful and joyous, indicative of the joy of the 'old country'...This tale sticks with the familiar format of other Jewish folktales, with a lesson that even young children can understand."