The Gift of Gerbert’s Feathers
It’s evident at the time of his birth that something is different about him. As he grows older, even though Gerbert loves to feast on savory blueberries and crunchy corncob kernels, he remains smaller than his siblings. He feels healthy and strong and can keep up with the pack in flight, although he does have to flap a bit harder than the rest. As time progresses, young Gerbert’s feathers begin to thin and his vitality weakens. When the time for the annual migration approaches, he knows it’s a journey he can’t possibly endure. Before saying a final “goodbye” and “I love you,” Gerbert decides to leave those he loves the most with something special to always remember him by.
The Gift of Gerbert’s Feathers is a delightful story about strength, courage, determination, and love. The reader will be blessed by witnessing how this young gosling with a condition that inevitably takes his life persists each day with amazing grace and admirable dignity. He sets a wonderful example for children who face obstacles such as his, as well as for those who have the normal frustrations of life to cope with. His positivity and bravery radiate through the pages of this exquisitely illustrated picture book. Though the reader may experience a sense of sadness at his loss, a sizable amount of joy will lift the reader to heights above as his final migration to heaven is imagined.
|Meaghann Weaver MD MPH
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