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The Year We Learned to Fly
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Penguin Young Readers Group 2022
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Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López's highly anticipated companion to their #1 New York Times bestseller The Day You Begin illuminates the power in each of us to face challenges with confidence.
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.
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Street Date:
01/04/2022
Language:
English
ISBN:
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Level 3.9, 0.5 Points
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Jacqueline Woodson. (2022). The Year We Learned to Fly. Penguin Young Readers Group.

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Jacqueline Woodson. 2022. The Year We Learned to Fly. Penguin Young Readers Group.

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Jacqueline Woodson, The Year We Learned to Fly. Penguin Young Readers Group, 2022.

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Jacqueline Woodson. The Year We Learned to Fly. Penguin Young Readers Group, 2022. Web.

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Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López's highly anticipated companion to their #1 New York Times bestseller The Day You Begin illuminates the power in each of us to face challenges with confidence.
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.
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        Starred review from November 15, 2021
        Two Black siblings use their imaginations to escape their immediate surroundings throughout the seasons in this picture book
        by previous collaborators Woodson and López (The Day You Begin). During “the spring when the rain seemed like it/ would never stop,” the children’s grandmother—who wears butterfly wings as earrings—encourages the bored duo to “Lift your arms,/ close your eyes,/ take a deep breath,/ and believe in a thing.” They do, “flying over the city we’d known/ our whole lives,” and from then on, nothing can keep them down—neither anger in summer, nor loneliness in autumn, nor unfriendly kids in a new neighborhood during winter. Learning to soar “from the people who came before,” the children are told both that their feelings have been experienced by others, and that “nobody can ever cuff/ your brilliant and beautiful mind,” a lesson they pass on in turn. Energetic layered multimedia illustrations accompany the poetically repeating lines, vividly depicting winged escapes over images of a slave ship and contemporary real-world high-rises. An author’s note acknowledges the work of Virginia Hamilton in this book’s origins. Ages 5–8. Author’s agent: Dorian Karchmar, William Morris Endeavor. Illustrator’s agent: Stefanie Sanchez Von Borstel and Adriana Dominguez, Full Circle Literary.

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        Grades K-2 *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.

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        February 15, 2022
        An intergenerational family story of freedom. A girl with a big, curly Afro and her little brother, both light brown-skinned, live in a high-rise city apartment building. Because of stormy summer weather, they must stay inside. As a remedy for boredom and bickering, their grandmother advises them to "use those beautiful and brilliant minds of yours." And they do, throughout all four seasons of the year. Colorful butterflies and a vibrant little bird that often appear flying around the siblings represent their freedom, which is only ever as far away as an open book or the doorways of their imaginations. L�pez illustrates the inside of the family's apartment with drab, muted colors that emphasize the children's confinement. In contrast, the outdoor scenes, illustrated primarily in pastels, exude luminosity and convey the youngsters' exuberance. Rather than being selfish with their ability to fly, the sister and brother share it with the neighborhood kids. The protagonist/narrator shares that her grandmother learned to fly from "the people who came before," who were "brought here on huge ships, / their wrists and ankles cuffed in iron." This recalls Virginia Hamilton's legend of The People Who Could Fly (1985), referenced by L�pez in one illustration and discussed by Woodson in her author's note. Some readers will notice an intertextual reference to the pair's previous title, The Day You Begin (2018).The ebullient mixed-media artwork explodes with color and extends the richness of the text. (This book was reviewed digitally.) An uplifting story that will inspire kids, especially brown girls and boys, to dream. (Picture book. 4-8)

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        Starred review from February 4, 2022

        Gr 2-4-Woodson and L�pez 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

        Copyright 2022 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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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...
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