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The Year We Learned to Fly

By Stephanie Snyder, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Empathy and empowerment fly high in this meaningful book.

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This celebration of family, culture, and mindfulness inspires readers to remember the power they possess. The Year We Learned to Fly is relevant and elegant in the way that it portrays the timeless theme of overcoming adversity. Kid readers have a relatable coping mechanism -- wings on which to fly -- that they can apply to their personal struggles.

Parents have an entry point for teaching young readers about heritage and history. Author Jacqueline Woodson and illustrator Rafael Lopez offer readers a moment for mindfulness, a subtle history lesson, and the first step to creating change in their lives and in the world in this beautifully illustrated book.

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