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Fly Away Home

Bunting, Eve (Book - 1991 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Fly Away Home
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A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal and trying not to be noticed, is given hope when he sees a trapped bird find its freedom.
Authors: Bunting, Eve, 1928-
Title: Fly away home
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, c1991
Characteristics: 32 p. :,col. ill. ;,23 x 24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Eve Bunting ; illustrated by Ronald Himler
Summary: A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal and trying not to be noticed, is given hope when he sees a trapped bird find its freedom.
Additional Contributors: Himler, Ronald
ISBN: 0395559626
9780395559628
Branch Call Number: jE BUNTING
Subject Headings: Homeless persons Juvenile fiction Airports Juvenile fiction Birds Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Picture books for children
Topical Term: Homeless persons
Airports
Birds
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K-Gr 3-- ``My dad and I live in an airport . . . the airport is better than the streets.'' As they did in The Wall (Clarion, 1990), Bunting and Himler successfully present a difficult subject in picture book format. A small child narrates the facts of his homeless existence--sleeping sitting up, washing in the restroom, and above all, avoiding being noticed. The brief text runs through all his emotions from a matter-of-fact acceptance to a fierce longing that makes him angry at those who have homes. Using subdued watercolors, Himler conveys the vast, impersonal spaces through which father and son move. He often places them at the back or edge of the pictures, underscoring their need to go unnoticed. This is a serious story but not an overpoweringly grim one. There is a reassuring togetherness between father and son and although there isn't an easy, happy ending, it does conclude on a poignant yet believable note of hope. Both illustrator and author focus on giving the child's-eye view of the problem, and their skill makes this a first-rate picture book that deserves a place in all collections. --Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc

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