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Wings of Change Hardcover – November 1, 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
The educators took one look at the plans and declared they didn't like them.
"I thought, 'what went wrong?'" Hill said. "Then I realized it wasn't the design, it was the changes it would require. People are afraid of change. It's human nature. So I had to figure out how to assuage their fears."
That was 15 years ago. Hill, an urban planner and president of Hill and Associates of Bellevue, has learned quite a bit about the fear of change and what to do about it; enough that he has designed or redesigned more than 60 schools, each time matching the design to its future, not present needs and, each time, running into people who thought those changes were a fine idea, until they realized they were the ones who would have to adapt to them.
Hill decided the easiest thing to do would be to simply give them a book on overcoming one's fear of change. So he wrote one.
"Wings of Change" (Illuminations Arts, Bellevue, illustrations by Aries Cheung) is a book for children, actually. But its principles can apply to any of us. In it, a good-natured caterpillar named Anew is quite happy with his life. Then his friend Faith, a snail, explains that changes are afoot. Anew doesn't understand. But Faith reassures him, "As the world turns, so do you.Read more ›
***** In this book the positive aspects of change are delicately and tenderly introduced to young children through the story itself and through the beautiful illustrations. Indeed, just looking at Aries Cheung's creative artwork is an adventure in itself. Raindrops glisten on bright green leaves, and adorable little Ladybugs scurry from one leaf to the next as little Anew munches happily along. In this setting children are able to explore their personal feelings about changes in their own lives in an endearing and heartwarming way. After all, Anew has a very wise friend named Faith who guides him along - just as parents guide their children through new situations.
Wings of Change is an adorable book with a wonderful message that is presented in charming and humorous ways. I highly recommend it! *****
Reviewed by Ruth Wilson.
Illustrations by Aries Cheung
An Illumination Arts Publishing Company Storybook for all ages
A Review by Andrea R. Garrison - onlinewithandrea
When I first heard about this award winning story book called The Wings Of Change (by Franklin Hill, Ph.D. and Illustrations by Aries Cheung) and the fact that it talked about this wonderful caterpillar called Anew I was thrilled. I have always had a passion for butterflies and the symbolism of their magnificent transformation from a precious creature that crawls to this awesome delicate creature that flies and spreads beauty every where it lands. This story book is about the struggles of the caterpillar called Anew who represents so many of us who are currently in a seemingly comfortable place/stage in life. It is easy to stay in the comfort zone. It is not easy to make subtle or bold moves without apprehension and fear. Yet we learn as Anew does that change is constant and the beauty of the present is that it propels us forward to the next level. When we watch Anew make his powerful transformation into the beautiful delightful butterfly we are reminded of this wonderful evolutionary process. It is through dreams and a special friend called Faith that Anew begins to relax more and to let go of the fears and the anxiety that fills his spirit. Once he releases and relaxes, the transformation takes hold and Anew moves into the next stage of his journey, his destiny which is to become a butterfly.
When you open the Wings Of Change story book on the inside cover it reads:
Wings of Change is the story of Anew, a contented little caterpillar who is afraid to become a butterfly. After experiencing, some puzzling dreams, he turns to Faith, a wise old snail, for advice.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a classic for church youth education. It can be acted out for a charming skit presentation. Beautifully written and illustrated.Published on March 30, 2013 by Diane Stark
Growing up my father and I had a favorite children's book that we read together every night. My father passed away last year but the memories of those moments are still with me... Read morePublished on March 19, 2006 by Andrew
For children 3 years old and up.
As Faith the snail relates in this simple, pleasant tale of transformation, "As the world turns, so do you. Read more
Through a series of dreams and with the help of his friend and mentor (a snail named Faith), a caterpillar named Anew learns to accept his approaching metamorphosis, discovering... Read morePublished on August 1, 2003 by Children of the New Earth Resources