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The Year We Learned to Fly

Cover: 'The Year We Learned to Fly '

Staff Review: "The Year We Learned to Fly " by Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López


This is a beautiful picture book with gorgeous pictures and a wonderful and impactful message. 

A young brother and sister are stuck inside their apartment when their grandmother shares with them words of wisdom to help them spark their imagination and help them deal with their emotions. When they get frustrated at being stuck inside, their grandmother helps them to take a deep breath and think about others. She teaches them about their ancestors, who had to overcome so much and who dreamed of a better life. Through her words, the grandmother shares a message of acceptance and empathy, of emotion and the power of hope. 

The author's note at the end of the picture book is especially important and powerful to read. Highly recommend!

Audience: children | Genre: fiction, picture book

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