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The Year We Learned to Fly



by
Jacqueline Woodson
illustrated by
Rafael López

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Nancy Paulsen
ISBN
9780399545535
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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. Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael Lopez’s dazzling art celebrate the extraordinary ability to lift ourselves up and imagine a better world.

Author’s note. Full-color illustrations were created with a combination of acrylic paint on wood, pen and ink, pencil, and watercolors, and put together digitally in Photoshop.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

9" x 10 1/2"

Dewey

E

AR

3.9: points 0.5

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2022

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Imagination. Brothers and sisters. Grandmothers. African Americans. Black people.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2–4—Woodson and López are thankfully, and marvelously, back together for another title featuring the siblings first introduced in The Day You Begin. Going through a year of challenges including experiencing boredom, fighting with a sibling, being shut in, and moving to a new neighborhood, the siblings are comforted and challenged by the wisdom of their grandmother and the elders who have come before to find their inner strength to soar above and beyond the difficulties they confront. Honoring echoes of the past (masterfully captured in both text and art) with an eye set on the possibilities of the future, this uplifting and honest reflection of the experiences of many children is a perfect example of the power of the picture book. It helps children, through words and art, to be seen and also challenges them to embrace their own power and agency. The many layers of both art and language will provide fodder for rich classroom discussions, and the author's note adds further depth honoring the work of Virginia Hamilton and Leo and Dianne Dillon. VERDICT A must for any collection, and an outstanding example of the picture book as an artistic and literary form.—John Scott

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2–4—Woodson and López are thankfully, and marvelously, back together for another title featuring the siblings first introduced in The Day You Begin. Going through a year of challenges including experiencing boredom, fighting with a sibling, being shut in, and moving to a new neighborhood, the siblings are comforted and challenged by the wisdom of their grandmother and the elders who have come before to find their inner strength to soar above and beyond the difficulties they confront. Honoring echoes of the past (masterfully captured in both text and art) with an eye set on the possibilities of the future, this uplifting and honest reflection of the experiences of many children is a perfect example of the power of the picture book. It helps children, through words and art, to be seen and also challenges them to embrace their own power and agency. The many layers of both art and language will provide fodder for rich classroom discussions, and the author's note adds further depth honoring the work of Virginia Hamilton and Leo and Dianne Dillon. VERDICT A must for any collection, and an outstanding example of the picture book as an artistic and literary form.—John Scott

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