Courage to Fly (Northern Lights Books for Children)

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Can she find courage in her new big city home?

Meg is new to the city with its tall buildings and long shadows. It_s nothing like her Caribbean home. Here, the city closes in on her and she feels safe in her bedroom. But gradually she begins to discover that there_s more to the city than she thought. For instance, there_s the Chinese man who exercises in the courtyard near her apartment. His exercises are intricate and graceful, and they have interesting names.

One day on her way home from school, Meg finds a tiny swallow brought down by a sudden early snowstorm, and she takes it home to nurse it. Once it is better, she is reluctant to let the bird go, but her mother and the Chinese man both gently suggest that the bird needs to be free if it is going to live. Meg and her new friend, Jenny, both release the bird.

Courage to Fly captures the anxiety of a child who is alone in a new and strange world but whose imagination and courage are nourished by unexpected friendships.

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Troon Harrison_s children_s books have been published in five languages and seven countries. Her works have earned her a Blue Spruce Award, an Honor Book citation from Storytelling World, an Honor Book citation from the Society of School Librarians International and an Outstanding citation from the Parent Council of America. Visit her website at www.nexicom.net/~troon.

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K-Gr. 2. When Meg's family moves from the Caribbean to a big city (it could be New York), everything seems to intimidate Meg. One day she stops to watch an old Asian man glide through his martial arts exercises. Later, she rescues and nurses a swallow, which she wants to keep in a box until spring. The man, whom she meets again in the park, tells her that the bird needs to be free. With the help of another girl, Jenny, Meg lets the bird go, finding courage and making a friend of Jenny in the process. Attractive, realistic watercolors, reminiscent of E. B. Lewis' work, enliven the story, which carries an encouraging message for children who feel lost and afraid. Two minor problems: the text refers to the box being closed when the picture shows it open, and it's questionable whether a fearful little girl would speak to a strange man. Those points aside, there's gentleness in both the text and in the rendering of the multicultural cast and setting, lending strength and emotional content to this contemporary immigrant story. Julie Cummins
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