When You Need Wings
When You Need Wings
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Annotation: In the tradition of Where the Wild Things Are, beloved author-illustrator Lita Judge brings us a soaring story about the... more
Catalog Number: #204625
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-534-43755-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-534-43755-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018046691
Dimensions: 29 cm
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
That unsure wide-eyed look and the turned-back head says it all as a little red-headed girl sets off for her first day of preschool, holding her parent's hand. Closing her eyes, she hears the sound of her "very own wings, beating within." Indeed, flocks of invisible white birds hover around her as she flies up and far away to find the imaginary treasures (tigers? animals?) that live inside her mind, inspiring courage. The friendly tiger begins a wild dance holding her hand while a koala with glasses, a crocodile in a ball cap, and other animals join in, evoking Sendak's wild rumpus. The wings of the girl's imagination give her strength as she joins a playground circle of other preschoolers (a multicultural group of children who wear glasses, a ball cap, animal hats, and a large tiger backpack). Every appealing full-bleed double-page spread, done in pencil and watercolor, offers lifelike and realistic details of welcoming children at play.
Publishers Weekly
On this book-s wordless opening pages, a girl who waves goodbye to one parent and walks hand-in-hand with another caretaker is palpably apprehensive, evidenced by her expressive face and body language. As the two arrive at Little Dreamers Preschool, a comforting, unseen narrator acknowledges the child-s emotions (-you are afraid,/ and you wish you could just disappear-) and offers a fanciful solution: -shut your eyes and listen./ Do you hear it?/... That is the sound of your very own wings,/ beating within.- In swirling, dreamlike pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, Judge (Homes in the Wild) reveals the child floating through the air, guided by white birds, while the voice advises her to use those wings -to fly far away,/ if you need to today,/ to find treasures/ that live inside/ your mind.- The child lands in a sunlit forest and frolics with -bravehearted- new animal friends before reappearing at school, where her peers sport clothing featuring images of the forest creatures. Judge-s visual jewel is an exquisite close-up of the reassured girl-s face, in which she confidently locks eyes with the reader. A tender tale about coping with first-day jitters. Ages 4-8. Agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt Agency. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 There are times as a child and even as an adult when you feel a little overwhelmed and you just need to go off on your own. Sometimes removing yourself physically isn't possible, but escaping into your imagination is always a welcome option. Our protagonist leaves her warm, safe home with her preoccupied father to head to her busy preschool, where there is always some chaos. She uncertainly hugs her dad goodbye and begins to imagine flying away to a magical, safe place. The animals there make her laugh and dance and take her troubles away. Once her bravery returns, she returns to the present and begins to plunge into the tumult of play on the playground. Imagination is such an important, potentially soothing part of childhood. In this story, all of the animals she imagines come from the schoolyard she is standing in. From hats to T-shirts, the animals are there and incorporated into her imaginings. Imagination is front and center in Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are , and a double-page spread of our little one strutting with a lion is reminiscent of that famous story. Judge's book will be a lovely jumping-off point to explore imagination in art, storytelling, and many other ways. Her soft watercolors perfectly illustrate the calming lure of the imagination. VERDICT This is an ideal book for elementary libraries looking to encourage imagination among children. Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
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ALA Booklist (12/1/19)
Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal (3/1/20)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3
Lexile: AD280L

In the tradition of Where the Wild Things Are, beloved author-illustrator Lita Judge brings us a soaring story about the power of imagination.

On a day when you feel
like no one is listening,
and you wish you could just disappear,
shut your eyes and listen.
Do you hear it?
That isn’t your heart.
That is the sound of your very own wings
beating within.


Acclaimed author-illustrator Lita Judge takes readers on a wonder-filled exploration of a child’s imagination, thoughtfully weaving in a gentle suggestion of how to explore that bountiful inner world and let it help them shine with courage in the real one.


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