Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Be Light Like a Bird

I received an amazing surprise in the mail.  Monika Schröder, a children's author, sent me a copy of her new book!  The title of the book is Be Light Like a Bird and I am glad I had the opportunity to read it.

Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schröder

Be Light Like a Bird follows the story of a young girl named Wren.  Not only is she dealing with the loss of her father in a tragic plane crash, she is also dealing with changes in her mother's behavior.  Her mother refuses to talk about the death of Wren's father, and even moves the family out of the home Wren has always known.

After temporarily settling into the town of Pyramid, Wren meets some "cool" girls that she hopes to win favor with.  This creates unexpected problems for Wren.  Meanwhile, Wren and another classmate discover a plan to turn a beloved bird-watching area into space for a landfill.  Will Wren be able to connect with her mother, navigate the troubles in school, and prevent her special area from becoming a landfill?

There are many elements of this book that I found to be truly enjoyable.  First, I liked how complex problems were not wrapped up with neat answers.  Life isn't like that, so it was great to see a realistic portrayal of the problems a family faces after a sudden death. 

The book also contains a vibrant and helpful librarian.  I may be a bit biased, but what's not to like about that? :)

Most importantly, there is an empowering message within Be Light Like a Bird.  Sometimes I believe that education includes a bit of ageism.  Teachers will ask students what they want to be when they grow up, rather than asking students what they can do right now in order to better their world.  Wren takes many steps within the book to make positive changes within her community.  All children should hear this message--everyone has the power to change things for the better!

I have not previously read any books by Ms. Schröder, but I was pleased to learn from her website that she has written more books.  These titles will definitely be on my radar.

Thank you, Monika Schröder!  This was a wonderful book and I can't wait to recommend it to our students at Pioneer Middle School.

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