HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: My Brother Who Taught Me to Fly
Author: C. Brookins
Illustrator: Holly E. Karnes
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 8-10
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Brookins, C. My Brother Who Taught Me to Fly (published in 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform). A young boy lives with his parents, a sister, and their little brother. Mom would put the baby in the play pen, and he would try to jump over the sides, but they were too high. Then one day, Mom is fixing dinner in the kitchen, Dad is reading at the table, and the older brother and sister are playing “Go Fish” on the living room floor. Can you guess what happens? The younger brother keeps jumping and jumping until he comes flying out of the play pen. Inspired by his little brother’s unwillingness to give up, the young boy wonders if he can fly up to catch his football when he throws it high in the air. Can he accomplish his goal? And what will it take to achieve it? Or does he just give up?
This children’s book is an inspirational and beautifully illustrated story about faith, self confidence, and perseverance with the theme of “Never Give Up!” that is good for both children and adults to learn and keep with them throughout the years. It is easy to follow and references specific Scriptures that relate to the ideals expressed. Various reader reviewers have described it as “a great kid’s story,” “encouraging for the young children today,” “excellent book, simple but with deep moral lesson,” “a quick enjoyable read to share with the little ones,” “awesome,” “delightful,” “can’t give it enough stars,” “amazing,” and “wonderful.” It not only stimulates faith in God but also reinforces strong family values. My Brother Who Taught Me to Fly is C. Brookins’s first children’s story and has won a writing award from the National Council Of Jewish Women.