Rachel Noble enjoys writing for children, particularly
stories that sensitively empower them to navigate big feelings.
Rachel loves rainbows, the beach and of course, feathers. She is
lucky to get all of this in Queensland Australia, where she lives.
She was inspired to write Finn's Feather following the loss
of her son Hamish in 2012. After Rachel got the idea for this
story, she found a feather on her doorstep. Rachel has five
beautiful children (including her beloved Hamish), and a patient
husband. Rachel worked as a journalist, radio producer and
voice-over artist before she became an author.
Zoey Abbott is a grown-up, but she still has more questions than answers. She also feels like she knew something important when she was a kid, something that she has forgotten. So Zoey time travels in her mind, digging and scraping and scooping up old sticks and bones. She sometimes puts these in her stories.
"I treasure the book as a very fine example of a child's death
narrative that rings true. Among other things, I appreciate the
fact that the world of the living is an appealing, sun-filled place
to be even while one's heart and mind feels sadness and
loss."-Wendy Lukehart, Youth Collections Coordinator, DC Public
"Inspired by Noble's own experience of loss, and enhanced by Abbott's naive, softly colored double-page-spread illustrations, the gentle story deals with death gracefully by celebrating those who have gone before. It will provide a welcome opportunity for parents to discuss a serious issue with their young children."-Michael Cart, Booklist
"The episode is less about grieving the loss of a loved one than finding positive ways to remember and to regard the deceased."-Kirkus Reviews
"A stunning story of a child's death told through the eyes of the brother. A feather arrives, a gift that nurtures loss, and leads to a day filled with laughter, love and the celebration of life, memory and exploring death in a healing and nurturing way. This book is a gift to those who have known loss and those that seek to understand and support."-Jesica Sweedler DeHart, Wandering Bookseller
"Combined, the art and story create a useful, moving resource for bereaved children and their families."-Publishers Weekly
"If you have a child who has lost someone-I cannot recommend this book more highly."-Rebecca Sparrow, Rebecca Sparrow dot com
"...more a celebration of love than sadness over a death."-kyurenka, Youth Services Book Review
"A grieving mother pays tribute to her lost son through an inspiring debut children's story."-Who Magazine
"An imaginative and original story by Rachel Noble that is charmingly illustrated by Zoey Abbott, 'Finn's Feather' is a very highly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 4 to 8."-The Midwest Book Review
"In this delicately insightful story about love, loss and forever, Rachel Noble draws on personal experience to offer a gentle pathway forward for anyone who has lost a beloved child or parent, and the process of grieving; a pathway personal to everyone. ... Easy to read words combined with graceful artwork from Zoey Abbott completes a work which is both significant and poignant and perfect for children struggling to understand the process of death and grieving."-Blue Wolf Reviews