Fly Away Home

Fly Away Home

Book - 1991
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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.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, [1991], ©1991
ISBN: 9780395559628
0395559626
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bun
Characteristics: 32 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Himler, Ronald

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TSCPL_NatalieM Oct 14, 2016

This is a powerful, powerful story that has stuck with me since childhood. Highly recommended.

BookReviewer2015 Aug 12, 2014

Great book about a tough topic for a children's audience! Great for teachers looking at social justice issues!

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Aug 17, 2011

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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