Synopses & Reviews
The doves flock together, nest together, and sing together. In the winter they travel south, in the spring they return north. Then one day a new bird flies on the scene. A big, noisy bird with twin engines and lots of legroom. The strange new bird ruffles the flock's feathers. But even as the doves turn their backs on him, their unwelcome companion makes himself quite useful. He might even teach them a new way to fly. . . .
Gilbert Ford's debut picture book combines the right amount of silliness with a heartwarming message about finding one's place in the world.
"In this misfire, five doves learn 'a new way to fly' from a friendly passenger jet. At first the doves look askance at the noisy, 'strange bird.... covered in hard metal,' behaving as they do. Not content with mere flying, the plane tries to perch on a power line, use a birdbath, and hatch eggs, with predictably absurd results. The offended doves send the teary-eyed airliner away, but when an early winter strikes, they change their tune and climb aboard the jet for their southerly migration. Ford (The Name of This Book Is Secret) employs the hues and kitschy design of 1950s children's books and animation, completing the retro look with postatomic snowflake sparkles and wavering outlines that resemble stitchery. While some readers may enjoy watching the plane contort itself while trying to mimic the doves, the visual jokes fall flat, and the message about keeping an open mind is heavy-handed. After being sent away, the meek jet returns, no questions asked, as a generous savior, and the doves' acceptance feels motivated by self-preservation rather than a real change of heart. Ages 3 7." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The pigeons are a tight bunch. They flock together, nest together, and sing together. In the winter they travel south, in the spring they return north. This is the way it has always been and the birds see no reason for things to change. Then one day a new bird flies on the scene. Suddenly their comforting routine is completely disrupted. In order to adjust to the change, the pigeons must learn a new way to fly....