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The Year We Learned to Fly

On a dreary, stuck-inside kind of day, a brother and sister heed their grandmother’s advice: “Use those beautiful and brilliant minds of yours. Lift your arms, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and believe in a thing. Somebody somewhere at some point was just as bored you are now.” And before they know it, their imaginations lift them up and out of their boredom. Then, on a day full of quarrels, it’s time for a trip outside their minds again, and they are able to leave their anger behind.

This precious skill, their grandmother tells them, harkens back to the days long before they were born, when their ancestors showed the world the strength and resilience of their beautiful and brilliant minds. In this gorgeous companion to their previous collaboration, The Day You Begin, Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael Lopez’s dazzling art celebrate the power in each of us to face challenges with confidence, and our extraordinary ability to lift ourselves up and imagine a better world.

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"Learning to soar 'from the people who came before,' the children are told both that their feelings have been experienced by others, and that 'nobody can ever cuff/ your brilliant and beautiful mind,' a lesson they pass on in turn. Energetic layered multimedia illustrations accompany the poetically repeating lines, vividly depicting winged escapes over images of a slave ship and contemporary real-world high-rises." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrator Rafael López
ISBN 0399545530
Publication Date Jan 4, 2022
Publisher Nancy Paulsen Books
Language English