Spread Your Wings

Candlewick/Templar. Nov. 2023. 24p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781536232554.
PreS–A charming book that encapsulates the profound love between parent and child—in this case, two cockatoos. The first pages act as a heartfelt letter to a child: ”When you came into my life/ I saw the world anew./ But nothing could prepare me/ For the love I feel for you,” which then expresses the bittersweet journey of growing up and gaining independence, while assuring that home will forever be a welcome haven. The use of warm and inviting colors beautifully mirrors the depth a parent’s affection, creating a visually comforting experience for both young readers and adults. Each page exudes a sense of security and love that resonates with readers of all ages. The simplicity of the book is its greatest strength; the text is tender and genuine, making it relatable. Scenes of the younger bird, flying alone at night, complement the message that no matter how far one may roam, the love of a parent remains a steadfast beacon in the journey of life. This quaint book, similar to Margaret Wise Brown’s The Runaway Bunny, is a testament to the enduring bond between parent and child, offering a gentle reminder that home is not just a place but a feeling of unwavering love and acceptance.
VERDICT It’s a perfect bedtime story to share with small children, imparting the timeless message of love, security, and family, and one to have on hand for classroom naptime story hours.

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