Review: Wings

Wings by Christopher Myers

Beautiful and lyrical, this poem by Christopher Myers follows the flying wings of Ikarus Jackson who is new in the neighborhood and new at school. When his wings, which he uses to soar and swoop and touch the sky, are met with sneers and laughter, Ikarus begins to lose his confidence and his love for his wings. Only through empathy and the courage of a classmate, someone who also feels the scorn of intolerance around her, does Ikarus remember who he is and lets himself spread his wings and fly high again.

A truly inspirational short verse on the power of intolerance and the even greater power of acceptance and love for the unique qualities we each possess. This book makes the heart soar.

ISBN13: 9780590033787

Published January 1st 2002 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published October 1st 2000)

Price: $2.50


Someone with wings should fly – should want to fly – but that isn’t always easy to do when your beauty is unique. Ikarus must learn to overcome his fear intolerance and let his wings spread; and, with the help of a classmate, those around him learn to accept and appreciate the beauty if his flight.


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