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Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Rosemary Wells
Illustrator: Brian Selznick
Date of Publication: 2002
ISBN: 0786803975
Grade Level: 5th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Aug. 2002

Synopsis: During the Depression, Reuben and his out-of-work parents move from Oklahoma to Minnesota, where his father gets a job as a carnival wingwalker and Reuben has a chance to overcome his terror of flying.

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  Design paper airplanes. Draw your adventures or your favorite scenes from the book on them.
•  Where would you fly if you could? Write that story in a booklet, and illustrate it.
•  Make goggles to wear.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!