All he ever wanted to do was fly.
Three-time Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Angela Johnson and New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long invite readers to ponder a band of undercelebrated World War II heroes the Tuskegee Airmen. With fleeting prose and transcendent imagery, this book by the masterful author/artist duo reveals how a boy's love of flight takes him on a journey from the dusty dirt roads of Alabama to the war-torn skies of Europe and into the hearts of those who are only now beginning to understand the part these brave souls played in the history of America.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||11.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 9 Years|
About the Author
Angela Johnson has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels The First Part Last, Heaven, and Toning the Sweep. The First Part Last was also the recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award. She is also the author of the novels Looking for Red and A Certain October. Her books for younger readers include the Coretta Scott King Honor Book When I Am Old with You, illustrated by David Soman; Wind Flyers and I Dream of Trains, both illustrated by Loren Long; and Lottie Paris Lives Here and its sequel Lottie Paris and the Best Place, both illustrated by Scott M. Fischer. Additional picture books include A Sweet Smell of Roses, Just Like Josh Gibson, The Day Ray Got Away, and All Different Now. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio. Visit her at AJohnsonAuthor.com.
Loren Long illustrated President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing; the newest version of The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper; Madonna’s second picture book, Mr. Peabody’s Apples; Nightsong by Ari Berk; Frank McCourt’s Angela and the Baby Jesus; Love by Matt de la Peña; and If I Was the Sunshine by Julie Fogliano. He also wrote and illustrated the Otis series and was part of the Design Garage for Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown series. Loren’s work has appeared in Time, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. He lives with his wife and two sons in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit him at LorenLong.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful picture book for young readers. Beautiful color illustrations with plenty of detail are sure to capture the young reader's attention and hold their fascination. Bright, vivid, and lively colors grab their attention from the first page. Easy-to-read and understand sentences make this a delight to read and it is an excellent choice for reading out loud at story time. This is a good first book to introduce readers to the Tuskegee airmen of the 332nd. The words and illustrations should inspire and encourage the reader to try flying. A favorable review for Wind Flyers: a very good book, educational and informative.
WIND FLYERS was love at first read. Flying has been a part of my life for the last 40 years. I am married to a retired Army pilot who wanted to be in the air since he was two years old and is flying to this day. When I read WIND FLYERS at my school's book fair it was like seeing through my husband's eyes. It mirrored his absolute love of being in the air. This would be a joy to share with any child. I am giving it to my husband who still has the child-like fascination with flying that shines through so beautifully in WIND FLYERS.