Kid’s Book Review: We Could Fly

Kid’s Book Review: We Could Fly

About the Book, Author and Illustrator

Drawing on song lyrics, which in turn draw on a heritage of African folklore, this incantatory dialogue between a mother and daughter paired with startlingly beautiful illustrations celebrates love, resilience and the spiritual power of the “old-time ways” – tradition and shared cultural memory – to sustain and uplift.

You can listen to the song in the YouTube clip below.

Rhiannon Giddens cofounded the Grammy Award–winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Black Female supergroup Our Native Daughters, and has been nominated for five additional Grammys as a soloist and collaborator. A musician, singer, songwriter, actor, librettist, and MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, her many roles and honours include serving as Artistic Director of Silkroad and performing for the Obamas at the White House. She is also the author of  Build a House, illustrated by Monica Mikai.

Briana Mukodiri Uchendu is an illustrator, visual development artist, and first-generation Nigerian-American. Her new and forthcoming books include The Talk by Newbery Honor winner Alicia D. Williams, Soul Step by New York Times best-selling author Jewell Parker Rhodes and Kelly McWilliams, and Night Market by Seina Wedlick.

Book Review

I wish I could fly too

I like the colours in this book. It’s like night and day. The sunset was very pretty. It was nice how the people could fly. I wish I could fly too.

The lines in the poem are short. You can read it quickly. The words end the same so it sounds nice.
I didn’t understand the story. I want to know where the promised land is. I wish it said in the book where I could find the land.

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Reviewer Profile

Reviewer Photo
  • Name: Adam
  • Age: 3 years
  • Likes: Eating fruit, doing jigsaws, playing in the park
  • Dislikes: Helicopters and fireworks
  • Favourite Book: What's Where on Earth Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Life: The Amazing History of Earth's most Incredible Animals
  • Favourite Song: Five Little Monkeys