|December 5, 2018||Posted by admin under Adventure, Children's Lit, Picture Book|
Written by Lois Wickstrom
Illustrations by Francie Mion
Published by Look Under Rocks
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
Publication date: March 2019
Review posted on: December 5, 2019
This is one of three books in a series that each explores a magical gift.
Carrie’s Flight is a children’s picture book about the sweet bond between a young girl and her grandmother and their love for starlings (and flying!). One day as Carrie is reminiscing about time spent with her grandma, she finds a box labelled “Feathers” left behind from her grandma when she moved across town. Curious, Carrie takes the box to her room to investigate just as her grandma calls her on the computer. They lovingly video chat about the starlings and about what is inside the box of feathers. As Carrie tries on the treasured pair of feathered antique wings she finds inside, she discovers the gift of magic and goes on an adventure with these birds … all the way to grandma’s house.
Children will adore this story. It is educational and magical. Wickstrom writes descriptively and her style easily captures your attention and leaves you wanting more. Some of the words are displayed in a way that take on the meaning of the word — like “fell” is displayed like it is actually falling from the sentence. Children will like this; it adds interest and visual appeal. The illustrations are colourful, sweet and fun and young kids will enjoy finding out about Carrie’s flight through the words and the pictures. It is sure to become a favourite bedtime story.
As a bonus, there is a brief history at the end of the book about how starlings came to North America. This is not only informative for those not aware of their plight, but is a great way to teach readers about environmental responsibility.
To learn more about this book or to find out how to get your very own copy, visit here.