That's What Wings Are For

illus. by Daniella Germain. 32p. Little Hare. Jul. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781742978291.
PreS-Gr 2—After Bluey the dragon hugs another dragon, he gets his wings tied to prevent it from happening again. His wings are too floppy to fly, and he wonders if he is a real dragon. After he goes on a long, dangerous journey, Bluey meets a wise lizard and a brave boy. His interactions with them make Bluey feel proud of himself because he discovers he has the ability to do something the other dragons cannot do, and that realization makes him feel like he's flying. The ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations are surreal in style, mixing the modern landscape with a dragon's world. The story crosses from a land up in the clouds to ones down below in the city and the desert.
VERDICT This book tells a wonderful story about kindness; a good choice for large collections.

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