Written and Illustrated by: Will Hillenbrand
Published by: Holiday House New York 2012
Ages: 3 – 6
Theme: friendship, teamwork, possibilities, fun
Opening Lines: Bear looked at the sky. Could it be? He wondered. He tilted his head up. Whiff. Whiff. Whiff.
Synopsis: Bear pops outside to check on the weather and declares it Kite Day. So with the help of his good friend Mole they construct a kite and set off to fly it. When a storm erupts and the kite string breaks Bear and Mole chase after it only to discover there are more possibilities in flying a kite.
Why I like this: Now if you’re looking to write a kite story and you know that spare text is essential and use of three’s encourages participation and fun, not to mention a little tension to build anticipation with a satisfying unexpected ending. Then this is an ideal book. Will’s simple pencilled coloured drawings of soft colours are beautiful and go hand in hand with the sparse text. With often only two lines a page one is forced to turn the page to see what happens next. I loved the team work of Bear and Mole working to make the kite. A universal theme, an unexpected ending and an eye catching cover this is one kid friendly book to be enjoyed again and again.
Goodness me if Bear and Mole can make a kite and fly it then so can you…. And me!
Resources/Findings: A lovely reading of the book here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_2yndbysJg
A great read for Kite day at school.
How to make a simple kite…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfYeel7L8rU
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