Theme: Wings by Christopher Myers

Wings by Christopher Myers

Wings by Christopher Myers

Wings, a picture book by Christopher Myers’, shares a powerful THEME with a clear message. Theme is defined as a main idea or an underlying meaning of a literary work that may be said directly or indirectly as you read any book.

In the story, Ikarus Jackson is the new boy in school and he does not share peaceful times because of his wings. Ikarus sees and feels how the neighborhood kids look at him and tease. Even the people in his own neighborhood point and talk about his large feathers.

“Look at that strange boy!” Everyone from the neighborhood is pointing fingers and watching the sky. “How’s he doing that?”

How do you supposed this makes Ikarus feel? How should he react to this unwanted attention?

One day, a girl in Ikarus’ school becomes inspired by his RESILIENT spirt, and she lets Ikarus know that he is not facing this situation alone. Together they discover that it takes courage to honest, kind, and unique. She mentions to Ikarus what someone should have said long ago: “Your flying is beautiful.”

In this story, one theme is noticeably repeated: Being honest with yourself takes courage. Using this theme share your thoughts on the following points.

  • Thinking of Ikarus, how can being different sometimes make a person lonely?
  • Like Ikarus, how do you show the courage to be different with your talents and ideas?
  • On the back cover of this book, the author has written, “Let your spirit soar.” Write about what that statement means to you.


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  1. Hello, 34 Kiwis! What wonderful selections here (once again)!
    Thank you for introducing these two books.
    I am delighted by the idea of “Wings: The Courage to Be Different” and that the author made his main character Ikarus Jackson, a young black boy born with wings, no less! Of course, the author takes his inspiration from the Greek mythological figure, Icarus, whose father gifted him with wings he’d made of feathers and wax — with the warning not to fly too close to the sun. Overjoyed by his new freedom, Icarus ignored his father’s warnings, flew too close to the sun, where his wings came apart in the heat and he then crashed and died. How we joyfully, gratefully use our unique talents/gifts/opportunities — while using wisdom at the same time, so we don’t crash-and-burn, but survive, thrive and help others, is the balance we must find in life.
    I will be so glad to read “Langston’s Train Ride”; Langston Hughes has long been a “hero” of mine; good introduction to this talented, brave person and, a fitting pairing for good discussions!
    Enjoy, 34 Kiwis!