Book Reviews for “Petalwink Learns to Fly”
How blessed is that family for whom fairyland is not off-limits! The world of imagination and the creatures who inhabit have so much to teach us all; fairy tales are often spiritual explorations which encourage moral awakenings. We learn through what delights us. Inspiration is vital to mankind. We all need that spaciousness of vision which comes from enlightened writers. The gifted writers who take us into the world of fantasy, expand our hearts with brightened views through their enchanting characters and sparkling words.
The Petalwink series, beginning with “Petalwink Learns to Fly,” has a focus on character education while keeping us laughing at our human foibles. Author/illustrator Angela Sage Larsen manages to do this in remarkably musical rhyme–entertaining the ear while expanding the heart. Through refreshingly distinctive words and illustrations, the book subtly awakens an awareness to such qualities as courage, humility, nobility, confidence, resilience, kindness, and compassion. The series is ideal for ages 3-8, those beginning to read and being read to, but the child-heart of all ages will appreciate Petalwink’s tale of trial and triumph.
- Marjorie Day Hamlin
Children’s Librarian & Children’s Literature Educator
I believe that the art work in children’s literature should always be of the highest standard, art museum quality. The illustrations in Petalwink are beautiful, truly creative works of art that youngsters and adults can appreciate. Petalwink can be read to–or by–children of all ages. The message is that all things are possible when you set a goal and expect to achieve it–even that which sometimes seems impossible. It may take time. Be expectantly patient. Readers are encouraged to dream big dreams, be creative in reaching them and not to be discouraged.
“Petalwink Learns to Fly” is a lovely book of what is possible.
- Dr. Carol Freund, PhD
Pre-School Teacher for 30 years, Masters Degree in Teaching, Doctorate in Education