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Children's LiteratureThis is a story of a boy who gets his wings. Tomasito is an elementary-schooler who feels different because his spina bifida requires him to use a wheelchair. He has trouble making friends in his new town, and grows tired of not being able to do what his classmates can. His father gives him Featherless, a pet bird, which should comfort Tomasito but, instead, it emphasizes Tomasito's difference. Yet as Tomasito begins to test his mettle on the soccer field, and realize that he may be able to play with the others, he gains hope for Featherless. The bird begins to represent Tomasito's quest for himself, and he tries to change the bird as he changes himself. Not only is the story of Tomasito on the soccer field appealing, but the boy's featherless sidekick also piques the reader's curiosity as a parallel to Tomasito's own situation. This book has a compelling story of finding one's own way that will entertain readers, regardless of background. It can also serve as a beginning to a discussion of the issues of the differently-abled. Cuevas's illustrations are bright and friendly and sure to hold interest. 2004, Children's Book Press, Ages 6 to 8.