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.