Rainbow Wings

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Dreaming of Flying?
Wishing for Wings?

Then let someone help you find the wings of your fancy, the wings of your dreams. Meet Seraphina--a cat with rainbow wings. Listen as she gently guides you. Let her show you wings in all shapes, colors, and designs. Then pick the wings of your own heart's delight. Rainbow Wings is a book for everyone who has ever dreamed of drifting free, gliding high, and soaring far.

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About the Author:

Joanne Ryder has always loved pandas, starting with the very first small panda toy she had as a child. She has continued to be fascinatd by these rare and wonderful animals throughout her career as a writer. She is the award-winning author of numerous picture books, including A Pair of Polar Bears: Twin Cubs Find a Home at the San Diego Zoo; Little Panda: The World Welcomes Hua Mei at the San Diego Zoo; My Mother's Voice; My Father's Hands; Big Bear Ball; and Wild Birds. She lives in Pacific Grove, California, with her husband, Laurence Yep, who is also an author.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 4-A winged cat parks a cloud-covered wagon at the bottom of a rainbow and invites a group of youngsters to examine her wares: a variety of wings that are waiting to be tried on and tried out. In a series of double-page spreads, Ryder highlights the unique attributes of the wings of nine different animals: those of an owl are "best worn at night/when moonlight is low," while a penguin's appendages enable the wearer to travel "through the sea,/diving deep, rising high,/paddling quick as can be." Individuals who are not interested in "molting/and preening" should choose a bat's "featherless wings,/wash and wear, easy care." By book's end, all of the children have made their selections and launched off into the sky to discover places "found only in dreams." Brief facts about each of the featured flyers are appended. The paintings combine realistic glimpses of the animals with more whimsical images of the children experimenting with their new equipment. Sherbet-colored backgrounds contrast with the figures, which are rendered in slightly darker shades. As in her "Just for a Day" series (Morrow), Ryder mixes fact with fancy, inviting readers to learn a few things while stretching their imaginations. Although a bit lengthy at times, the poetic text evokes the excitement and wonder of being airborne. Pair this one with Nic Bishop's The Secrets of Animal Flight (Houghton, 1997).
Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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