Have you ever gotten caught daydreaming, by your mom or your teacher? Gabriella’s thoughts and feelings flow like mini poems that tell her story, Her Dad is gone, she and Mom have to move and she feels invisible at her new school. Sensitive Gabby is a daydreamer; words constantly prompt memories and fantasies and submerge her there. Her dreaminess helps her both escape and cope with all of the change that she is experiencing.
Gabby’s daydreaming problem is, predictably, identified as a skill by her teacher and she then feels free to express herself in writing. Award-winning author Nikki Grimes conveys the power of words, memory and imagination in this sparse, accessible novel in verse. Words with Wings would appeal to third through fifth graders, especially girls, who are dreamy, sensitive and/or experiencing family changes or new school adjustments.
Mary Jo, Kids World