A tiny, weak raven is so determined to win the friendship of the other ravens that he puts himself in harm’s way.
Even when he develops prodigious flying skills, he cannot win acceptance. The other ravens dare him to fly to the moon, claiming they have all accomplished this feat. Although he tries with all his might and nearly reaches his goal, he falls to Earth, spent and in despair at his failure. One of the bullies who saw the flight (or perhaps dreamt it) admits the trick and begs forgiveness. As they join together to fly and play, they notice that the little raven has one mysterious, shining silver feather as a souvenir of his brave attempt. The regretful bully, now much older and wiser, tells the tale long after the events have been almost forgotten by the other ravens. This perspective allows readers to reflect on the effect bullying can have on both the perpetrator and the victim, albeit in an earnest, best-case scenario in which there is no lasting damage and great moral lessons are learned. Except for the mystical moon flight, Pfister’s effective, compelling illustrations depict the ravens flying or perched on branches against stark white backgrounds, while the moon, the raven’s wings and one feather shine in raised silver metallic foil.
An important idea handled gently and tenderly if a little simplistically. (Picture book. 4-8)