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The year we learned to fly / Jacqueline Woodson ; illustrated by Rafael López.

Woodson, Jacqueline, (author.). López, Rafael, 1961- (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 3 of 5 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 3 copies available at Northwest Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 5 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Godel Memorial-Warren Library e WOO (Text) 35500006538100 New Checked out 01/31/2022
Roseau Public Library e WOO (Text) 35500006538126 New Available -
Thief River Falls Public Library e WOO (Text) 35500006538118 New Available -
Crookston Public Library E W (Text) 33500013518386 New Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library E W (Text) 33500013518394 New Checked out 02/03/2022

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780399545535
  • ISBN: 0399545530
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, [2022]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
"By heeding their wise grandmother's advice, a brother and sister discover the ability to lift themselves up and imagine a better world"-- Provided by publisher.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 5-8. Nancy Paulsen Books.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 December #1
    *Starred Review* A sister and brother live with their younger sister and grandmother. In the spring, the weather is stormy, and the children grow bored. Summer finds them bickering over chores. In the autumn, the rooms of the apartment feel "big and lonely." Then, in winter, they move, leaving their familiar street and friends behind. From this basic premise comes a narrative rich with literary and visual symbolism, simultaneously simple and profound. What has happened to the parents? Why do they relocate? No details are provided, so the framework could be applied to many situations. Each season, their grandmother acknowledges the children's feelings and encourages them to find strength within. She tells the children to lift their arms, close their eyes, and figure out a way to fly. When they do, they are able to see positive elements, like flowers in the spring, companionship in summer, freedom in the fall, and new friends in winter. Fantasy elements in the illustrations include the girl's hair filling with butterflies, flowers, and then ships at sea that suggest the Middle Passage. Faces of ancestors appear in the leaves of plants. These images, as well as the children flying, are integrated into an otherwise recognizable world. With this book (simultaneously released in Spanish), Woodson and Lopez create a path that children may follow as they gain confidence and imagine a way forward no matter what challenges arise. Grades K-2. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Jacqueline Woodson ( received a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award, and was the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Her <i>New York Times</i> bestselling memoir, <i>Brown Girl Dreaming</i>, won the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, and the NAACP Image Award. Her books for young readers include Coretta Scott King Award and NAACP Image Award winner&nbsp;<i>Before the Ever After</i>, <i>New York Times</i> bestsellers <i>The Day You Begin</i> and <i>Harbor Me</i>, Newbery Honor winners <i>Feathers</i>, <i>Show Way</i>, and <i>After Tupac and D Foster</i>, and&nbsp;<i>Each Kindness</i>, which won the Jane Addams Children's Book Award.<br><br>Rafael L&oacute;pez (;illustrated <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Just Ask!</i> (by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor). He&nbsp;won Pura Belpr&eacute; medals for <i>Drum Dream Girl</i> and <i>Book Fiesta</i>, and has also received three Pura Belpr&eacute; honors, two Am&eacute;ricas Book Awards, and the 2017 Tom&aacute;s Rivera Children's Book Award and Society of Illustrators Original Art Silver Medal. His work has been featured in <i>Communication Arts</i>, <i>American Illustration Annual</i>, <i>Graphic Design USA</i> and <i>Huffington Post</i>. He's a founder of San Diego's Urban Art Trail movement, created seven US Postal Stamps, and created official posters for the '08 and '12 Obama-Biden campaigns.

Subject: Imagination > Fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
Grandmothers > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
Genre: Picture books.
Picture books.

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