Thursday, April 15, 2010

Nan Forler helps us to Fly Away in her book Bird Child





Local teacher, Nan Forler, gets help bringing her story, Bird Child alive at the Turning Pages Literary Festival. This is part of the day long celebration of books for children and teens on May 15th. Nan will be presenting at 3:30pm at The Musem (10 King St. W. Kitchener).

Born in Elmira, Ontario, NAN FORLER has degrees in both music and education, and she has taught junior kindergarten through to grade eight for over twenty years. Nan has studied music in Vienna, Italy, traveled through England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and driven coast-to-coast through North America. As a mother and teacher, she encourages her students and her own children to speak out against injustice, both in the schoolyard and in the global community and this is reflected in her first book, Bird Child. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

Bullying and the ability to rise above it are at the heart of this strikingly beautiful picture book, Bird Child. All school-aged children have either bullied, been bullied, or witnessed bullying, and all too often, they feel powerless to stop what has been set in motion. Such is not the case with Eliza. Her mother has given her “wings to fly” and the ability to see all the possibilities that lie before her. So, when bullies pick on the new student, Lainey, gradually robbing her of her smile and ability to paint beautiful pictures, Eliza wants to help, and she does, by finding a way to show Lainey all that she can be. Then in the schoolyard, Eliza stands up to the bullies. One by one, the other children add their voices, and soon the bullies have skulked away. Lyrical and eloquent yet realistic and down to earth, Nan Forler’s text is complemented beautifully with Fran├žois Thisdale’s haunting images. This is a book for every child, every classroom, and every library.











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