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From School Library Journal

Gr 3-5-The narrator reminisces about his father's dream to make a flying machine. The man works ceaselessly on the project without success, stopping to play with his son only when the longing to "claim the sky" abates periodically. That longing is silenced forever, however, when the father goes off to war and never returns. Years pass, and the son "[takes] up the old wings" left by his father and does succeed, soaring into the "vast blue sky" where he feels his father's presence. Eventually, he shares his dream with his own son. The digitally rendered illustrations offer great variety as they enrich the brief text. There are single pages and spreads, framed half sheets, and snapshotlike vignettes. The lacy filigree and feathers of the father's flying machine seem as elusive as his dream. The family's home stands high on a cliff overlooking the immense sea, and varying shades of blue throughout echo father's and son's longing for the sky. There are sepia tones as well and grays that eventually morph almost to black as father sets off to war. One striking illustration depicts the winged, laurel-wreathed father atop a column ready to soar much like Daedalus of old, a Greek temple in the background. This evocative story will surely elicit discussions about having dreams and the persistence necessary to accomplish difficult goals.-Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Baker-Smith crafts a moving tale of a father whose dream of flying is left unfulfilled when he is called away to war but that passes along to his son, who finally manages to soar. His figures, hovering in that magical middle ground between fantasy and realism, possess idiosyncratic stylistic flourishes that make for instant appeal. Realistically textured and timeless clothing grounds his lushly fantastical environments, giving his images an evocative and even haunting quality. Many children will be visually captivated and want to pass their fingers again and again over the intricate surfaces of the mechanical wings the father invents. Although the story, told with a stilted, dew-eyed earnestness, reaches for a profound metaphor that may tug at the heartstrings of some adult readers, it will likely leave a young readership completely unmoved. As with Sarah L. Thomson and Rob Gonsalves’ Imagine a Night (2003), Imagine a Day (2005), and Imagine a Place (2008), this one must stand on the strength of its beautiful and resonant imagery. Grades 2-4. --Jesse Karp
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Templar; Reprint edition (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763663700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763663704
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book, which won the Kate Greenaway Medal this year, is so beautiful on so many levels. The story, which surely will have much more meaning for adults, has a son thinking back on his father's dream of flying. The father's dream is only realized through his son, as each father hopes his son will reach farther than he himself has done. Although the depth of the story's message will be lost on children, the illustrations will fascinate older children and adults alike. This is a timeless and truly beautiful book, both visually and spiritually.
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This was a beautiful book that touches the heart and draws you in on every page. You are transported into the dream itself and you see that the dream really is an illusion to the dream the father has for his son to go beyond what he has been able to achieve in his own life. On top of the touching message, the illustrations were also amazing too, and in each of them, I found myself looking deeply for the small add-ins that were provided as so much detail was in each image shared. This book would make an amazing gift for any father out there!

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The brief, poetic text is accompanied by exquisite, complex, digital art. Digital illustrations usually do not appeal to me; I often think they lack soul. This is such an exception. Fantastic (in the true sense of the word) and moving illustrations with tremendous feeling and depth. This will appeal to the dreamer in all of us, the parents, and the child with hopes and dreams. A very special book and worth of England's Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration.
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A beautifully illustrated story about the connection between a father and a son, FARTHER is also the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal. The story is about a boy and his father and the dream that his father had and what happens to that dream when the boy is all grown up. Although written as a children's book, FARTHER is actually a story that parents will enjoy even more than their children. That's not to say that children won't enjoy the story. However, there are nuanced levels of meaning in the book that will be lost upon young readers. Of course, FARTHER is also the type of book that if children read, they will remember it and reflect upon it when they are older.
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Great size, me and my two little ones really had a great time when we read it fir the first time. Great pictures and excellent message.
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