Fly free!

by Thong, Roseanne.

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books j FICTION Thong
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books
Call Number  j FICTION Thong
When you do a good deed, it will come back to you. Mai loves feeding the caged birds near the temple but dreams that one day she'll see them fly free. Then she meets Thu and shares the joy of feeding the birds with her. This sets a chain of good deeds in motion that radiates throughout her village and beyond. Set in Vietnam, Roseanne Thong's inspiring story, an Asian-Pacific American Librarians Association Honor Book, is elegantly illustrated with watercolor on wood by Eujin Kim Neilan.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Mai regularly visits the caged sparrows outside a Buddhist temple in Vietnam. She wishes to free the birds releasing them after a payment is a good deed and the Buddhist way but she cannot afford to do so. Instead, she invites Thu to join her in feeding them, whispering Fly free, fly free in the sky so blue. When you do a good deed it will come back to you. Thu, in turn, repeats the mantra when she gives her red velvet slippers to a girl with a foot injury. The injured girl acts kindly to another, and the chain of compassionate actions eventually leads a stranger to pay for the sparrows' release. When the birds fly free and Mai exclaims, Fly free, fly free . . . , children will complete the refrain. The succinct, restrained parable introduces Buddhist ideas and a moral viewpoint that transcends religion. Sunny, serene watercolor illustrations match the gentle tone and message. A solid choice for multicultural units, this also demonstrates the value of kindness.--Perkins, Linda Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: ""Fly free, fly free, in the sky so blue. When you do a good deed, it will come back to you!" sing the Vietnamese characters in Thong's (Wish) story, as each does something to help the next. Mai wants to release a cageful of birds at the birdseller's-a traditional Buddhist good deed-but she doesn't have the money. She leaves water for the oxcart driver, who gives a stranger a ride, who repays the driver with a cake, and so on, until Mai's birds are freed by another good deed. Neilan (Imagine a Dragon) applies luminous colors to wood with a heavy horizontal grain, creating cloud-streaked skies, rice fields, and mist-shrouded lakes. The tranquil landscapes give appropriate calm to a story about karma, the idea that good deeds accumulate and affect one's rebirth in the next life. Neilan's characters look best in profile; in head-on views, their features sometimes appear squashed or lopsided. Still, it's a useful introduction to Southeast Asia, an explanation of the Buddhist concept of karma (an explanatory note appears in back), and a neat moral tale about paying it forward. Ages 7-9. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Kindness -- Fiction.
Conduct of life -- Fiction.
Vietnam -- Fiction.
Publisher Honesdale, Pa. :Boyds Mills Press,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Neilan, Eujin Kim.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN 9781590785508 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1590785509 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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