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Re: Flying Lessons!

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carla harwitt (
Wed, 22 Jan 1997 18:56:01 -0800 (PST)

Trisha, When I was in maybe 4th grade, I read a book called "Summer Birds"
that I have never forgotten. In it a child (who later turns out to be a
bird just spending the summer as a child) teaches a group of other
children to fly during the summer. I'd always been moved by dreams that I
could just take off from the group, kind of like Superman (no flapping
arms or anything) and this book was so much like those dreams. At the end
of the book, only one child who chooses to become a bird permanently keeps
the gift of flying; the others never fly again but always remember, the
way one feels waking up in the morning from one of those flying dreams.
For a more recent book, my 9 year old daughter loves the "Catwings"
books by Ursula LeGuin.
Hope this helps. Carla Harwitt

On Wed, 22 Jan 1997, Trisha Craig wrote:

> Hello, Friends.
> This is my first venture (adventure?) on the Internet. I am a classroom
> teacher, grades 1 @ 2, finishing a Masters program in the Creative Arts. For my
> integrated final project, I am exploring the uses of "flying" as a theme or
> motif in the Arts. The applied aspect of my project will be thematic curriculum
> for a primary classroom, including both literal and metaphorical consideration
> of "flight". If anyone could help me by telling me about any examples of flying
> in the Arts that have been signifigant to you (now or in your childhood), it
> would be appreciated. An example: Faith Ringgold's story quilt "Tar Beach",
> which has also been made into a picture book, explores the theme of flying as
> liberation (also, power and ownership) in the life of a young African-American
> girl in New York City. My project is very open-ended at this point, so I'd love
> to hear from anyone with ideas about (or aspirations toward!) flight.
> Thank-you for your time.