Synopses & Reviews
"Playful verse and thoughtfully developed artwork distinguish Meade's (In the Wild) meditation on the anxiety of attempting something new. 'If in all of forever,/ I never endeavor/ to fly, I won't know if I can,' says a yellow bird, peeping out of its nest. Nest and pine branch are densely textured block-print cutouts set against blue washed skies; the dusky yellow nestling's feathers are shaded with a brush dipped in green. After some waffling ('On the one wing,/ I could try/ and find/ that I flap/ and I fail'), the bird realizes that not flying will bring regret ('I won't know how it feels to/ scallop the air/ with a dip/ and a glide') and takes the plunge. The navigation of this perennial dilemma is animated both by Meade's visual intelligence (white space between brushstrokes represents air currents disturbed as birds wing by, giving a remarkable sense of what flight must feel like) and her poetic integrity ('If I hadn't endeavored/ and found my wings clever,/ I never a sky/ would have scaled,/ never a world/ would have seen'). A quiet but noteworthy achievement, and a possible sleeper hit for graduation season. Ages 4 8. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Holly Meade earned a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in Hush! A Thai Lullabye, by Minfong Ho. She is also the illustrator of Peek! A Thai Hide-and-Seek by Minfong Ho; And Then Comes Halloween by Tom Brenner; On the Farm and In the Wild by David Elliott; and many others. A longtime New Englander, Holly Meade lives in Sedgwick, Maine.