Alison's Wingsby Marion Dane Bauer, Roger Roth
This high-flying fantasy from Newbery Honor-winner Marion Dane Bauer is just right for second graders who still believe in the power of wishing.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 1-2Well-turned phrases and a strong cast of characters combine to make this book a dandy addition. Bauer has a gift for characterization and for portraying relationships; even the sparse text of a beginning chapter book does not diminish this gift. Alison is a plucky girl who dreams she can fly. Her subsequent desire to sprout wings engages her family, best friend, and readers. Each of her attempts to become airborne falls short of the imagined joy until she succumbs once again to dream flight. The sibling relationship is particularly engrossingAlison's older brother talks her into leaping off the porch in her Superwoman cape/bath towel. Language is simple enough for beginning readers to handle on their own, but rich enough to be a pleasure to read aloud. The repetition of the dream imagery from the first chapter to the last yields a satisfying closure to the tale. Appealing pencil illustrations appear throughout. A worthy choice for youngsters ready to take the plunge into chapter books.Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City
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