- Expected Mar 3, 2020
In the tradition of Where the Wild Things Are, beloved author-illustrator Lita Judge brings us a soaring story about the power of imagination.
On a day when you feel
like no one is listening,
and you wish you could just disappear,
shut your eyes and listen.
Do you hear it?
That isn’t your heart.
That is the sound of your very own wings
Acclaimed author-illustrator Lita Judge takes readers on a wonder-filled exploration of a child’s imagination, thoughtfully weaving in a gentle suggestion of how to explore that bountiful inner world and let it help them shine with courage in the real one.
On this book's wordless opening pages, a girl who waves goodbye to one parent and walks hand-in-hand with another caretaker is palpably apprehensive, evidenced by her expressive face and body language. As the two arrive at Little Dreamers Preschool, a comforting, unseen narrator acknowledges the child's emotions ("you are afraid,/ and you wish you could just disappear") and offers a fanciful solution: "shut your eyes and listen./ Do you hear it?/... That is the sound of your very own wings,/ beating within." In swirling, dreamlike pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, Judge (Homes in the Wild) reveals the child floating through the air, guided by white birds, while the voice advises her to use those wings "to fly far away,/ if you need to today,/ to find treasures/ that live inside/ your mind." The child lands in a sunlit forest and frolics with "bravehearted" new animal friends before reappearing at school, where her peers sport clothing featuring images of the forest creatures. Judge's visual jewel is an exquisite close-up of the reassured girl's face, in which she confidently locks eyes with the reader. A tender tale about coping with first-day jitters. Ages 4 8.