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A child recounts his great-great uncle's lifelong passion for flying-which began at age five with a leap from the roof of a chicken coop and climaxed with wartime flights as one of the Tuskegee Airmen. The man is depicted as a slender figure with distant eyes contemplating the wild blue yonder or, later on, posing with massive-looking, antique aircraft. The slightly misty look of Long's illustrations artfully evokes that sense of remembered times and matches the lyrical tone of Johnson's brief, poetic monologue. "He cried when they landed/because then he knew/what it was like to go/into the wind,/against the wind,/beyond the wind." A final view of the child and his uncle flying off into the "magical wind" in an oversize biplane caps this soaring double tribute to both the Second World War's still-underappreciated African-American pilots and to the profound longing to fly that impelled them.
—John PetersCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Posted May 17, 2010
This is a wonderful picture book for young readers. Beautiful color illustrations with plenty of detail are sure to capture the young reader's attention and hold their fascination. Bright, vivid, and lively colors grab their attention from the first page. Easy-to-read and understand sentences make this a delight to read and it is an excellent choice for reading out loud at story time. This is a good first book to introduce readers to the Tuskegee airmen of the 332nd. The words and illustrations should inspire and encourage the reader to try flying. A favorable review for Wind Flyers: a very good book, educational and informative.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 29, 2008
WIND FLYERS was love at first read. Flying has been a part of my life for the last 40 years. I am married to a retired Army pilot who wanted to be in the air since he was two years old and is flying to this day. When I read WIND FLYERS at my school's book fair it was like seeing through my husband's eyes. It mirrored his absolute love of being in the air. This would be a joy to share with any child. I am giving it to my husband who still has the child-like fascination with flying that shines through so beautifully in WIND FLYERS.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.