FLIGHT OF THE MOTH-KIN by Kathy Kennedy Tapp


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Rejoining the diminutive characters of her first book, Moth-Kin Magic (1983), just after their escape from the jar in which they had been imprisoned by ""giants"" (a class of human children), Tapp describes their perilous journey back to their home on the river. The obstacle is a playground, where distance and huge feet loom. The Moth-Kin sprout wings each spring. The earlier adventure was accomplished without them; this one hinges on their reappearance, and is complicated by a new character, Old Ivy, who has lost her wings forever. The three children eagerly await the first sprouting of theirs; Ripple's are delayed, appearing in the nick of time after she is catapulted into the air by a seesaw. Now the Moth-Kin can devise a sling to carry Ivy, in triumph, back to the river. Besides the satisfactory adventure, the story is appealing for its surmises about the ""giants""; the Moth-Kin have only vague knowledge of them and must draw their own surprising conclusions. The characters are well-defined: Ripple, the adventurous, who comes to understand that Ivy lost her wings because she, too, was an adventurer; Lissa, the budding storyteller--recognized as worthy heir to the old bard, Uncle Kane, a conservative who delays the journey till Ripple points out that they are living a new story. Children charmed by the tiny Moth-Kin will be well on their way to the more difficult Borrowers.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1987
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry/Macmillan