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How to Heal a Broken Wing Hardcover – August 26, 2008
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But what is best about this book is that it's about much more than a boy caring for an injured bird. It's about hope, dedication, healing, recovery, and beating the odds. But don't worry...the beauty of the book is that it does not contain "in-your-face" messaging. It's subtle yet powerful for those who may be seeking a little comfort. I shed a tear or two reading the book and would recommend giving it to anyone who has had or is going through a rough patch in their lives. This is one of the books that I think should be in everyone's library, not just a child's library. I highly highly recommend it!
You can't put back a feather, but sometimes a broken wing can be healed. Mom and Dad carefully placed the pigeon in a box. The pigeon had a splint on his wing. Will was going to count down the days on his calendar, but would the bird get better? Only time would tell and then he would know if the bird would ever fly again.
This charming and heartwarming book is a Red Clover nominee for the 2009-10 academic year. The dialogue is minimal, but the detailed artwork relays this story to the heart much more than any words could convey. The only thing left out is a rocking chair and a young child to share this lovely book with!
It isn't quite a wordless book, but artistically it's as good as one. Graham tells his story primarily through a skillful handling of perspective, color, and light, with comic-strip style inset frames to move story events along. His artistic style is reminiscent of Peter Spier's, with clean lines, simple colors, and good attention to human detail. His crowd scenes are large, filling the page with the masses of anonymous humanity, but each of his figures has a personality distinct from the others.
The story's greatest appeal may come from its gentle, nurturing family unit. Their warmth and security are conveyed through the parents' body language, the juxtaposition of their small home against the city skyscrapers, and the furnishings of their home, lined with child-bookcases, toys and child-art. They are supportive, generous, and compassionate, and their love overflows to the small creature temporarily sheltered in their home.
There is also a beautiful theme of taking responsibility for the creatures in our world, even in the heart of the big city. This will resonate with families who are passionate about biblical environmental stewardship (Genesis 1:28). The thought probably wasn't in the mind of the author, but a child who has read this book will bring a fresh understanding to Jesus' words about how God cares for even the most insignificant birds (Matthew 10:29-31). It's probably best for a preschool and early-elementary audience.
I love how the story starts.....with everyone walking the city streets too busy to notice an injured bird on the sidewalk. Well, everyone except a child named Will. He's a total hero in my opinion, so full of care, heart, and concern. Oh, and by the way, this is one of those reads where there is total silence in the room. The students are touched by Will as he helps the bird heal. He is setting a wonderful example for children that they have the power to do good deeds. A lot of students brought up the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. They commented how all living things have buckets, not just people. Sigh. I think there is a lot to explore in this book. It's new to my shelf, but I'm already letting the students thoughts and comments do the leading. You'll also love how the illustrations do the storytelling.
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Bob Graham never disappoints. His art is beautiful and his message tender.
Love this book!
This was a great story with a nice theme about caring for God's creatures - I purchased this to read to my 3rd grade catechism class - it was a bit hard reading to a large group -... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Julie Y - Michigan
My 5-year-old son and I just read this book 4 times in a row. It's delightful and the message is really fantastic.Published 20 months ago by tofusoynut
The little kids love this book. It is a story of love and caring. I highly recommend it for all kids and adults as well!Published 20 months ago by Donna Rodriguez
In this beautiful picture book, a pigeon crashes into a building and falls onto a city sidewalk. While most people pass by it unseeing, a little boy name Will notices the injured... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Kate Shade
I saw this book on a scholastic book list as one of the five books that all children should have in their library...we do like it!Published on January 4, 2014 by Heather Harter