Originally published in Spain, 2015
Translated into English by Mara Lethem for publication in 2016
“Lucas was convinced he was born to fly.” From a very young age, Lucas watched all that flew or floated in the air. As he grew, he made his own wings and tried to fly with them. When they failed, he would make a different pair of wings and try once again. He asked Santa and made birthday wishes for wings…ones that “really” would let him fly. But none of them worked.
One birthday, his mother told him that there were other ways to fly. She placed a book in his hands. Lucas did not understand what she meant, but he read the book while in their garden patio. He loved the story so much that he got another book from the family bookshelf….and then another and another. He began stacking one book on top of another as he read them. It grew taller and taller.
Each story taught Lucas something, whether it was history or science facts, about new places he had never been, or about places that did not even exist, but the mind would travel there through the book. He met literary characters as you will recognize on many pages. Each book gave Lucas wings to fly.
This book is quite clever as it encourages reading to such a fun and fine degree.
The illustrations are delightful and in subtle colors over each double-paged spread. As you read the words and spend time with the art, the reader senses motion and flight.
- Age Range: 5 – 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
Rocio Bonilla was born in Barcelona, 1970. She received her degree in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona. She began her career through various disciplines such as painting, mural painting, photography, advertising.
Motherhood changed her career though as she abandoned advertising and created “Once Upon a Time,” a company dedicated to decorating children’s spaces with hand-painted murals.
In 2010, Ms. Bonilla combined illustration of children’s albums with mural painting. She has published several papers in journals, illustrated posters and nearly thirty books with different publishers.
As an author, she has published three titles: “Face Bird,” “The Highest Mountain of Books in the World” and “What Color is a Kiss?” originally in Spanish and into several translations.
- Hardcover: 42 pages
- Publisher: Peter Pauper Press (September 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1441319999
- ISBN-13: 978-1441319999
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 11.7 inches