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eBook Wings ePub

by Leslie Bowman,William Loizeaux

  • ISBN: 0374348022
  • Category: Growing Up and Facts of Life
  • Subcategory: For Children
  • Author: Leslie Bowman,William Loizeaux
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First Edition first Printing edition (September 5, 2006)
  • Pages: 138
  • ePub book: 1738 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1905 kb
  • Other: lrf lit mbr rtf
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 134

Description

Leslie W. Bowman (born 1949) is an American painter and illustrator, known especially for her portraits.

Leslie W. A native of New York City, Bowman was raised in Westport, Connecticut and studied illustration and photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, from which she graduated with a BFA in 1971. Early in the 1970s she moved to Minnesota, where she continues to live and teach

At first it looks like a small gray ball of fluff, its head a cloud of frizzy. Born and raised in New Jersey, he worked summers as a road department laborer and a greenkeeper's assistant. He went to college at Colgate University and graduate school at the University of Michigan.

Loizeaux, however, has gone even farther and has turned a small moment from his childhood into a children's book. It could have been awful or patronizing or puffed up with self-regard. It could have been, but it isn't. With a title of this length (138 pages) the question of whether or not to even have an illustrator would have been difficult to figure out in the first place. You don't want to drive off the older readership that would eschew "baby" books with pictures.

Nancy Ruth Patterson, The Christmas Cup, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 1989. William Loizeaux, Wings, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York, NY), 2006. Marilyn Levinson, The Fourth-grade Four, Holt (New York, NY), 1989. a b "Leslie Bowman".

Loizeaux,William; ill. Bowman, Leslie; Douglas & McIntyre Lt. 2006

Loizeaux,William; ill. 2006. ISBN-10: 0-374-34802-2. William Loizeaux writes a story which deals with the deep feelings of loss because of the death of a father and husband and other major changes in relationships, all of which could be devastating. However, his characters from Nick who is struggling with the death of his father, to his mother who is sad but steady, to the bird which is a wonder, to his mother’s boyfriend who is an interruption, and to his friends who pull him different directions, the author leads the reader in an upbeat, positive direction.

Bio. Books for Adults. Wings selected as top choice in kids' lit blogger Elizabeth Bird’s new staying power series. Loizeaux is a writer of profound insight and empathy. The Tumble Inn. The 2015 New York Book Festival Grand Prize Winner. In this moving novel, Mark Finley, our narrator, attempts to reconcile the pull of a place and the pull of an anguished heart. Ron Rash, author of Serena: A Novel.

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Author of Anna, Wings, Marcy, Wings, The Shooting Of Rabbit Wells A White Cop A Young Man Of Color And An American Tragedy, Clarence Cochran, a human bo. The Shooting Of Rabbit Wells A White Cop A Young Man Of Color And An American Tragedy. Clarence Cochran, a human boy.

At first it looks like a small gray ball of fluff, its head a cloud of frizzy feathers, fine as dandelion seeds. The baby bird isn't even strong enough to spread its wings, but ten-year-old Nick is determined to save it. Together with his best friend, he coaxes the wild bird he names Marcy to eat worms and take rides on their fingers. Then he watches, amazed, as she finally opens her wings - and flies! As Marcy grows, so does Nick - forced to make some hard choices about friends and family. And for the first time he dares to ask questions about the death of his soldier father. But other questions loom in the air: Will Marcy try to fly away? And will Nick be able to let her go? Beautifully rendered drawings capture the poignancy and joy of this unforgettable story about growing up, loving, and letting go.

Comments

Celak Celak
This book is very touching. My son's all time favorite!
Fountain_tenderness Fountain_tenderness
Rapid delivery from Amazon, as always. Excellent book for young adults as well as adults. Beautifully written story of how a boy relates to nature and the lessons learned in the process. Wisdom filled.
Kerry Kerry
Flight takes many forms. Flying can be the soaring of a songbird over the treetops, or it can be growing from childhood to new maturity. In the gentle novel Wings, it is both.
When 10-year-old Nick spots the small gray ball of fluff, the baby bird is much too little to fly, or even, perhaps, to live. He makes a newspaper nest in a cardboard box and the first night sits up with the baby until dawn. As the sun rises, he names the tiny mockingbird Marcy.
Soon Nick and Marcy are inseparable. She flies along when he rides his bike around the neighborhood and even follows the car when his mom drives him to a Little League game. Nick, his best friend Mate, and Marcy make up tricks, games, and imaginative adventures for three.
At the same time, changes are occurring in Nick's life. Neighbor Derrick wants him to hang out without Mate. His mom meets a man who spends more and more time at Nick's house. Nick is about to start a new school.
Through the fun and the challenges, Marcy gives Nick a new perspective. He talks to her and she seem to answer. When she disappears--as wild birds sooner or later must do--Nick can fly on his own.
In tone the text is personal, even intimate, conveying the joy and the wonder of Nick's special summer. A nostalgic prologue may deter some young readers with its adult tone and its hint of didacticism (the summer of 1960 would "teach me some hard and surprising truths"), but once past this page, both boys and girls will quickly be drawn into the amazing experience of befriending a wild creature.
Worth special attention are illustrator Leslie Bowman's exquisite black and white drawings. Line and shading create a sense of movement, and skillful use of contrast adds depth and meaning to each memorable image.
Both sensitive and spirited, Wings is a story to savor.
Thomand Thomand
In a February 8, 2006 edition of Christian Science Monitor, author William Loizeaux offered these thoughts on the "elastic" nature of the personal memoir: "memoir is the creation of a mind remembering. The writer recalls and reflects on the past and evidence gathered about that past. Usually, the more evidence the better, but as any memoirist will tell you, remembering is always a tricky business." With memory such a tricky beast and literary scapegoats like James Frey to draw attention to the facts surrounding a person's past, it's seems safest to do as William Loizeaux has done and fictionalize an important moment in one's past instead. You cannot be held responsible for what is and is not true when you produce fiction. Instead, if you happen to mention after the fact that such n' so in the book really did happen to you, you'll meet someone delighted with this startling piece of evidence. And that certainly beats the complete stranger that may take you to task over whether or not you really did, say, comb your hair counterclockwise on the 15th of November. Loizeaux, however, has gone even farther and has turned a small moment from his childhood into a children's book. It could have been awful or patronizing or puffed up with self-regard. It could have been, but it isn't. Instead, it's a misleadingly simple tale of a boy and his mockingbird. A tale worth remembering.

Nick found the bird standing in the center of the street looking like nothing so much as a circular ball of feathers. As it turned out, it was a baby mockingbird, alone and abandoned by its parents. After naming the little creature Marcy, Nick comes to care for the bird with a little help from his mother and his best friend Mate. Once she has thrived under his care, Marcy is able to offer Nick a great deal of comfort. She listens to his problems, whether they involve how his father died in the Korean War or the man who's currently courting his mother. The book follows the two friends as they experience a whole summer together. But when a family trip means that Marcy and Nick must separate, the boy must learn how to let go of something he loves, even if that means losing it along the way.

Children's librarians tend to eye adult authors that have crossed over into the world of kiddie lit with a wary skeptical eye. Adult novelists, after all, have proved time and time again that they are not always able to produce a believable title for children. Such writing often requires an entirely different set of muscles, and too often you'll see these authors either going too far and creating something faux-childish or not far enough, creating a book of laughable complexity. Allow me to set your mind at rest in the case of Mr. Loizeaux. With an ease that is sure to infuriate his frustrated adult-authorial brethren, Loizeaux's "Wings" reads as if it was written by a man who has been penning children's books for years. He doesn't speak down to his readers or insult their intelligence. His adult books have been described as having a "luminous clarity" and that same clarity is what makes him such a perfect children's book writer. Nothing in "Wings" feels simplified. Just simple.

Nostalgia, should anyone ask, is very big right now. Peruse your local bookstore and you'll see title after title set in 1950s or early 60s American. Sometimes this is because the author looks back on the political situation of the U.S. at that time and can draw parallels to the current administration. Sometimes it's because they see the post-war era as a "simpler" time and they want to return to that moment, warts and all. But the impetus for Loizeaux to set his book then is neither of these. Rather, this is his story of what happened to him, personally, when he was growing up in the early 60s. The time period is not the focus here. It's important to the story, sure, but it's also incidental. Throw in some iPods and this book could just as easily take place today. But it didn't. It took place in 1960, so that's when it's set.

A reviewer would be amiss if they did not happen to mention illustrator Leslie Bowman's work on this book as well. With a title of this length (138 pages) the question of whether or not to even have an illustrator would have been difficult to figure out in the first place. You don't want to drive off the older readership that would eschew "baby" books with pictures. On the other hand, if the artist is able to add something to the experience of reading the book, wouldn't that person be an asset rather than a drain on the book's reception by children and adults alike? It doesn't hurt matters any that Ms. Bowman was undoubtedly the perfect artist to place alongside Loizeaux's prose. Bowman's work in the children's book field has been sparse over the years, though not without praise (as with her work on "The Canadian Geese Quilt" by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock). Now, however, it feels as though she's found the perfect fit. Images that look as if they were done in graphite are drawn in a realistic style. Marcy looks like a real mockingbird, white patched wings and all. The boys who raise and love her are crewcutted and haven't a trace of cartoonishness to them. For this book, that was essential. I don't like to consider what the alternatives could have been.

In his Christian Science Monitor article, Mr. Loizeaux had this to say, "At its best, a memoir combines hard research, an engaging narrative, the intimacy of lyric poetry, and the thoughtfulness of an essay." He was, of course, referring to adult memoirs, but it's not stretching the truth to say that this applies perfectly to "Wings" as well. You've facts on real mockingbirds provided in the back of the book in Loizeaux's, "A Note On Mockingbirds" (though a source of some sort would not have been out of place). You've an interesting story that kids will want to know more about. You've the lyric poetry of lines like, "It's hard to describe just how good this felt: to call something wild from out of the sky, and then to see her with her wings so wide." And finally you have a sense of the thoughtfulness that went into the creation of the tale. "Wings" also performs the one act a book must fulfill to truly become a classic. It touches adults just as closely as it does children. Anything that can affect a person, regardless of age, is a thing worth remembering. A memorable children's novel.