HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Wings on Things
Author and Illustrator: Marc Brown
Publisher: Bright and Early Books, republished in 1985
ISBN-13: 978-0394851303 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0394851307 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0001714540 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0001714546 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3 and up
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Brown, Marc. Wings on Things (published in 1982 by Random House Books for Young Readers). Marc Brown is perhaps best known as the author of the Arthur Adventure book series and co-developer of the children’s PBS television series, Arthur, based on the books. However, he has also written many other books for children. In this rhyming romp, he puts “Wings on Things” in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and places. “Wings are on eagles. Never on beagles. Always on ducks. Never on trucks. Wings on chairs. Never on bears…”
“Wings! Wings! Wings! They are wonderful flying things….” Kids will learn about creatures that have wings and – equally as important – those that don’t. The wacky, whimsical text is simple enough for any beginning reader, and the dazzling, bold illustrations are amusing. This book would be great to use in studying transportation, wind, or insects. It will even let youngsters dream about the possibilities of wings in outer space by showing robots on a distant planet. We checked this book out of the library for our older son Mark, who liked the Arthur books, to get some extra practice when he was learning to read.