ALISON'S WINGS by Marion Dane Bauer


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Ignoring everyone's skepticism, Alison is sure that ""girl wings"" are about to poke out of her shoulder bumps. They do, sort of, but only when she's asleep. This entry in the Chapters series is simply and sparely written, but the episodes too often have disappointing outcomes. Brother Mike tells Alison to try flying off the porch; he amuses himself but all she gets is a bandaged knee. A playmate seems to share Alison's dream of flight, but gives up easily. Her parents surprise her with an airplane ride; she suffers through it silently and then smiles politely afterward. In the most satisfying chapter, Grandpa installs ""the nicest swing in the world"" on top of a hill: ""Here you are. Wings for a girl."" But Alison will accept no substitutes, and the book ends much as it began, as she sinks into a nighttime dream of flying. Well-crafted, but prosaic and downbeat.

Pub Date: April 22nd, 1996
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Hyperion