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Debut picture book author Cheryl B. Klein and Caldecott Honor winner Tomie dePaola sweetly capture a baby bird's journey to first flight.Wings! Clings. Flings... With a cleverly simple rhyme and...
Debut picture book author Cheryl B. Klein and Caldecott Honor winner Tomie dePaola sweetly capture a baby bird's journey to first flight.Wings! Clings. Flings... With a cleverly simple rhyme and...
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  • Debut picture book author Cheryl B. Klein and Caldecott Honor winner Tomie dePaola sweetly capture a baby bird's journey to first flight.
    Wings!
    Clings.
    Flings...


    With a cleverly simple rhyme and playful, vibrant artwork, Cheryl B. Klein and Tomie dePaola lovingly paint the picture of a baby bird's first flight—overcoming stings and dings along the way to soar triumphantly.

About the Author-

  • Cheryl B. Klein is the author of The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults. Her late grandfather was a professor of children's literature, and he organized an annual literary festival that once hosted Tomie dePaola! Cheryl grew up in a small town called Peculiar, Missouri, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she works as an editor of children's and young adult books. Wings is her first picture book. Visit her online at CherylKlein.com and on social media as @chavelaque.

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  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2019

    PreS-K-Starting with the title, Klein utilizes 12 rhyming words, presented in carefully plotted succession, to tell the tale of a baby bird's first flight: from fearful trepidation ("Clings"), that doozy of a first step ("Flings"), a rough landing ("Stings"), determination to try again ("Springs..."), to heart-lifting triumph ("Zings!"). Created with Avery labels colored with markers, dePaola's bright-hue collage illustrations are fresh, airy, and thoroughly captivating. The artwork conveys and enriches the succinct story with eye-catching action and playful humor. With its proud posture and wide-open eyes, the featured bird immediately stands out from among three nearly identical nestmates, cueing readers to expect great things. The protagonist's emotions and moments of discovery are conveyed through its animated features and expressive body language; the minimalist background details keep attention focused on the baby bird's adventures, and mesmerized youngsters will breathlessly follow each up and down. VERDICT Share this exuberant tale about learning to soar as a read-aloud, or use it with older kids to explore how a story can be crafted from a list of rhyming words. An easy-to-read choice about mastering milestones with élan.-Joy Fleishhacker, Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    February 15, 2019
    In a narrative told with just 12 rhyming words and dePaola's bright collages, a fledgling takes its first flight."Wings!" the text proclaims as the chubby pink bird stretches its pinions. But: "Clings," it continues as the little bird looks down, claws gripping the nest. The bird "flings" itself out, then tumbles and falls into a puddle ("stings"), "wrings" itself dry, inspects its bruises (or "dings"), gazes at some "things" (a snail and some worms), one of which it resolves to "bring" back to the nest. It "springs" back into the air, "sings" in triumph, flies in "rings" through the air, and "zings" with its nest mates up to two parent birds. While it's a complete arc, the book feels more like a stunt than a story. Limiting the text to one-syllable "ing" words results in the not-really-apropos "stings" when the bird crash-lands, the at-first-inscrutable "dings" (children and adults alike will wonder where the dinging sound is coming from before the adult readers recall its alternate meaning), and the flabby "things." DePaola's illustrations too often fail to pick up the slack: The bird shakes the water off rather than "wring[ing]" itself dry; depicting the singular conjugation "sings" are the three nest mates with beaks open and the protagonist, its beak clamped shut on a worm--just who is singing?An artful curiosity and perhaps a challenge for writing units, but not a great picture book. (Picture book. 4-8)

    COPYRIGHT(2019) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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