FLY AWAY HOME by Eve Bunting
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FLY AWAY HOME

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"My dad and I live in an airport. That's because we don't have a home and the airport is better than the streets. We are careful not to get caught." Thus begins this poignant narrative in the voice of a preschooler. The boy's widower-father leaves him with another homeless family when he goes to his part-time job as a janitor, and searches second-hand newspapers for more work and an apartment they can afford: "After next summer, Dad says, I have to start school"--but how? Meanwhile, in the vast, impersonal space where lucky travelers are welcomed home, the two find some sense of community but treasure their hope of escape to a place of their own. Using quiet browns and blues to suggest the sterile-looking airport and depicting the homeless with undefined faces and averted eyes--which evoke both their own need to be unseen to survive and others' aversion to seeing them--Himler matches Bunting's understated text with gentle sensibility. Like The Wall (1990), an outstanding presentation of a serious topic for young children.
Pub Date: March 18th, 1991
ISBN: 0-395-55962-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2000




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